Congratulations! Your CV landed you an interview. You are probably feeling excited and very nervous at the same time - this is normal.
An interview is a professional meeting between you and your potential employer. It helps the employer figure out if you are the right person for the job. It is also your opportunity to find out more about the company and make a good first impression.
It is your ‘hard skills’ (skills and qualifications on your CV) that got you the interview; but your ‘soft skills’ (social behaviour, manners and how you communicate) are what will land you the job.
The key to success is preparing for it well before your interview!
Tips on how to prepare for the interview:
- Research the company. Take a look at the company’s website. It will give you some information about the company and the employers. Research is important as it will give you information to talk about in the interview. It will show that you are really interested in the job and that you did your homework.
- Prepare questions to ask about the company, the work they do, the people who work there, and tasks associated with the job position. Never ask questions about the salary, payment, leave entitlement or public holidays, most interviewers find this rude. These are the types of questions you may only ask after the employer offers you the job.
- Read over your CV and the job requirements. Match your experiences to the job requirements and think of examples that show you have the ability to do the job. For example, if the job requirement is to be able to work well in a team, think of a previous experience when you have worked well in a team, and talk about this example during the interview.
- Ensure that you know where the interview will take place and how to get there before the day. Leave home early to get to the interview on time. In most cases, if you are late for your interview, you will not get the job. Get there at least 15 minutes early.
- Dress appropriately. The interview is your chance to make a good impression. For an interview, you should wear a formal work outfit, not your casual everyday wear. You want to look professional.
- Be friendly and open. Shake everybody’s hand when you walk in and introduce yourself.
- Practice answering some of the common questions often asked in an interview; the next article will help guide you.
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