When you get invited to an interview you feel a great sense of achievement, but this can sometimes be followed by an overwhelming sense of dread. Interviews can be an uncomfortable process for some people as you can feel as though you’re under scrutiny, but an interview should be an opportunity to see whether or not it’s the right position for you.
If you want to make a great first impression during an interview, the key is to be prepared. We have devised an essential checklist below that includes all the things you need to do before your next interview!
Review the position
It sounds simple but it’s worth taking another look at the job description before you go to the interview. This will give you an idea of what they’re expecting from you in the role, but it also highlights any grey areas. Make a note of any questions you have about the job.
Research the company
You want to know as much as possible before think about joining a new company. Start by taking a look at their website and social media profiles, and see whether they’ve had and recent coverage (either positive or negative). If possible, try to talk to someone who works there beforehand to get an insiders perspective.
Plan your journey
The greatest faux pas at an interview is turning up late. This process is all about first impressions (on both sides) and you want to make sure yours is flawless. Take some time to plan your journey and aim to arrive 5-10 minutes early to show your enthusiasm and time management skills. It’s also worth keeping the interviewers contact details with you so that you can contact them if there are any problems en route.
Prepare your answers
There are a whole host of frequently asked interview questions, from talking an employer through your CV to telling them more about yourself, but there are also the tough questions that may catch you off guard. Think about having an answer to more difficult questions such as "what do you think is your greatest weaknesses?" Confidence and honestly are priorities at this point.
During the interview
Never forget that the interview is a two-way process, the interviewers should also be working to impress you. When you arrive get a feel for the surroundings and make a note of how other employees seem. This is an important time to get a feel for what it would be like to work there.
What happens next?
At the end of the interview make sure you find out what happens next. Ask when you should expect to hear back and what the next stage of the interview may be. This will help to manage your expectations if you don’t hear back straight away.
We hope that this has given you the advice you need before heading to your next interview. If you’ve got some tried and tested interview hints and tips share them with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @LucasBlakeLtd.