Interview Preparation In Five Basic Steps

Interview Preparation In Five Basic Steps!
It’s not uncommon to need a bit of support when going through a career change, exploring a new role or going for the interview of your life for the job you so desperately want. Here are our tips to get you through that super tricky time!


                                                                                  


Our five basic steps to a successful, professional and thorough interview are...
 
1. PREPARATION – BEFORE THE INTERVIEW 
Preparation creates a pathway for a professional performance. You can prepare for an interview by following these three basic steps:
 
RESEARCH your company thoroughly by whatever means possible!  Nearly all organisations will have a website which will provide you with most of the information that you may need! Yes, it’s really that simple, just have a read and remember the key ethos that the company endeavours to deliver.
PREPARE a list of questions you would like to ask your prospective employer – during the interview you are under pressure trying hard to please and impress, and frequently this can have a counter-productive result! So, don’t let your mind go blank and be stumped at a hurdle where you have the chance to find out as much about the company as they have to find out about you!
SELLING yourself.  Have you asked yourself that one basic question... Why should that employer offer me that job? It’s important to display confidence but NOT arrogance. SELL yourself and give examples of where you have proved your ability or shown your skills within your specialist area. 
 
2. THAT ALL IMPORTANT FIRST IMPRESSION 
Once it’s done, you can’t go back - it’s not just about the hand shake, conducting positive body language and the attitude you give off – although these are VERY important. It’s also about the way you aesthetically present yourself – the outfit you pick and the shoes you chose to wear, how you are looking at an interview plays a big part in giving out a good first impression.
 
UNDERDRESS and you’ll look as if you’re not taking the role as seriously as you should. 
OVERDRESS and you’ll potentially stand out as a bad fit for them. 
 
SMART is good, if you go with something slightly smarter than the company’s everyday attire, you can’t really go too wrong, and if you’re not too sure, stick to neutral colours. 
STRUGGLING? You could even call ahead of time and ask for guidance from someone in their HR team, or take a nosey trip to the office or local branch of the business! 
 
THE FINAL GOLDEN RULE – arrive on time or preferably early, there may be forms to fill out, but if not it’s still important to arrive in good time. Don’t forget, make sure you bring a copy of your CV to refer to and to therefore avoid forgetting dates etc. 
 
3. CONTROLLING YOUR NERVES 
Don’t speak too fast! Nerves tend to make you speed up, so while you’re waiting for your interview, try and relax and reduce your breath speed.
 
BREATHE through your nose very slowly for a count of three, and breathe out your nose for a count of three. Repeating this exercise three times will help you lower your heart rate and reduce nerves to slow your speech – remember, pronunciation is key! 
LISTEN to the interviewer, and don’t rush to answer! When you’re full or fear and in full flight or fight mode, it’s harder to listen and often you answer the wrong question. So, slow down your body’s natural responses and listen, make sure you make the interviewer feel that you value their question. 
SHOWING YOUR HANDS has been proven to increase the likelihood of getting a job. If they are visible on the table in front of us rather than hiding under the table it shows a sign of honesty. 
 
4. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 
WAFFLING is a big NO! Answer the question directly and if the interviewer wants more information, they’ll ask for it!
 
KEEP YOUR ANSWERS TO THE POINT, and concise but make sure you don’t act too formally and robotic.

NEVER answer with ‘I don’t know’! If in doubt, ask that the interviewer repeats the question, and if you’re still struggling ask if you can get back to them via your recruitment consultant later.
ENHTHUSIASM definitely counts! Although you may be lacking a little of the criteria and experience that the interviewer is ultimately looking for, if you are enthusiastic, willing to learn and above all aren’t afraid of hard work, these messages must come across in your interview. This should satisfy the interviewer that you are the type of person they would like to recruit.
AT THE END of the interview, remember to ask your prepared questions, even if they have covered everything, at least go over some points they have mentioned. If there is anything you think of after the interview, don’t be afraid to call direct or get back to them via your recruitment consultant. 
 
5. CLOSING THE INTERVIEW
At the end of the interview, remember a firm hand shake is always a good way to end. If you are keen, let them know that you want the position, or would very seriously consider it. Don’t forget to thank them for their time and for explaining to you what they want from a candidate. Maintain your body language, and even if you feel the interview did not go particularly how you would have liked it, maintain the positive attitude you arrived with!