Getting an interview means that you have been short-listed for a job. The interviewer will have seen your CV and judged that on paper you have the necessary experience and qualifications that they are looking for.
It is now the time to convince them in person that you are the one to employ!
Most people get nervous before an interview and this is perfectly normal and employers will understand. However, the more preparation you do in advance and the more comfortable you feel the less nervous you are likely to be.
Remember too that often, unless they do a lot of interviewing, the person actually conducting the interview is also likely to be nervous!
Preparing for an interview
- Thoroughly read the job specification. If you haven’t been given one then ask.
- Research the Company either using the Internet or ask for some company brochures.
- Make sure you know where you are going, how long it will take to get there and who to ask for.
- Think of positive questions you might be asked and prepare answers. If you are meeting HR the questions are likely to be different than if you are seeing the FD.
- Look the part! Make sure you are smart. Ideally men should wear a suit and tie and women a suit or smart shirt/trousers and top. Take a folder with you containing a copy of our CV and a list of questions you would like to ask. Asking questions shows that you have thought about the interview and are interested.
In the interview
- A good interviewer will ask the right questions to enable you to put yourself across well and will also aim to help you relax. Beware of relaxing too much though!
- When you meet the person interviewing you smile, look them in the eye and give a firm handshake.
- Answer questions giving as much information as you can. Do not answer with one-word replies.
- Look at the person interviewing you.
- Be honest, enthusiastic and positive. Don’t introduce negatives eg. personality clash with boss!! Avoid being over-confident or arrogant.
- Listen to the questions you are being asked and think before answering. If you are unsure what is meant then ask for clarification.
- Speak clearly and never, ever swear or use controversial statements.
- Think in advance of questions to ask. These should not be about salary or benefits. The time to ask these are at second interview/offer stage.
- When you are leaving the interview smile, shake hands and look at the interviewer.
Contact your agency when you get back home to let them have feedback about the interview and the job content. If you are keen this shows a potential employer that you are enthusiastic and could help you get the job.