Interview Tips & Skills!
Interviews are always a nerve-wracking occasion. We have put together some of our top interview tips and skills to help calm your nerves and increase the success of your next interview.
1. Be early – Showing up early to an interview demonstrates you are punctual and respectful of your potential future employer’s time and yours. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get there, and do not be hesitant to call the office to clarify the location and directions.
2. Always bring a form of Identification, any relevant and applicable certifications and a copy of your current C.V. – It is important to bring all necessary documents to the interview so that the interviewer has all the information that they need, and may allow them to ask more specific questions based on your skills and qualifications.
3. Prepare some questions for your interviewer – An interview is an opportunity for your potential future employer to learn about you, your qualifications, and your skills. It is also an opportunity for you to learn more about your future employer. Be prepared to ask questions about your position, your responsibilities as well as questions about the company in general. Asking questions demonstrates your eagerness and genuineness to be selected for the position. It also demonstrates your ability to think on your feet. It allows you to ensure that the position is right for you. Additionally, take some time prior to your interview to familiarize yourself with the company’s mission, vision, goals and objectives. This information should be readily available on their website.
4. Take your time when answering questions – During an interview, it is acceptable to take a few seconds before responding to a question. If you need time to think of an appropriate answer to a question, take that time and ensure that you are clear and sure of your answer before you begin speaking.
5. Be confident – Your application and C.V. has been deemed good enough to be called in for an interview so be confident in your own skills and qualifications. Be sure to speak clearly when answering questions and look (make regular and constant eye contact) at your interviewer(s) when speaking.
6. Maintain a good and relaxed sitting posture – If you are seated comfortably, then you will be able to give your interviewer your full attention. Neither you, nor the interviewer should be distracted by your movements or shifting position.
7. Don’t display any act of misconduct or unprofessional gestures – An interview is also an opportunity for your future employer to see your professional behaviours and how you may act in the office. Be sure to be as polite and cordial as possible to everyone.
8. Always wait to be offered a seat before you sit down – Show respect for your interviewers and for their office space. You do not want to appear over-confident or too-comfortable. Wait for your interviewer to set the tone of the interviewer, including allowing them to show you where and when to sit down.
9. Be candid enough to tell the interviewer(s) – if you don’t know the answer to a particular question – most interviewers are interested in getting a sense of how much you know. Interviewers appreciate honesty answers where in the affirmative or not because there is always room for education in any job position assuming you are selected for the job. If you are honest about not knowing an answer, your future employers may take the time to teach you and allow you to develop some new skills.
10. Appearance – Dress professionally. No matter what position you are interviewing for, you should always be neat and tidy, and dress in a professional manner. How you present yourself will be a key indicator to your interviewer of how you respect yourself, and how you will respect the company.