The dreaded day has arrived: you found a great job on our website, applied, and got a call from a hiring manager who wants to meet with you. Now the work begins! Interviews can be incredibly nerve-wrecking, so we’ve put together a list of five ways you can ace that interview!
- Practice good non-verbal communication
What does this look like in an interview? It’s the firm handshake you greet an employer with, the eye contact with them and how relaxed you come across. According to Psychologist Dr Gary Wood, learning to relax is the best body language trick. He says: “Body language takes care of itself when we are relaxed.”
- Dress for the job or company
We are slowly saying goodbye to the days of suits and ties to work however, we don’t think it’s the best decision to go super-casual for an interview. First impressions are important and you want to demonstrate to the employer that you made an effort! We actually wrote a whole blog on this topic, check it out.
- Ask Questions
Asking questions demonstrates to the employer that you are interested in their company. It shows you did your research, which actually shows initiative and many companies love and need that skill! If you need to, you can prepare your questions beforehand and take them into your interview.
- Do a mock interview
Founder of The Interview Doctor, Katherine Burik says: “Edit and then practice saying your stories out loud until the responses sound succinct and support your claims. Know by heart the stories you want to tell that demonstrate your accomplishments.” She recommends writing out your interview responses. The more prepared you are, the more at ease you’ll be and the more relaxed you’ll come across (see how this all links?)
This is so important. From the start to the end of your interview, the employer is giving you information either directly or indirectly. If you’re not hearing it, you could miss out on a big opportunity. Good listening demonstrates your communications skills, it allows you to effectively have that two-way conversation, which is how a good interview should be.Interviews are scary, but if you’re well prepared you can feel really good about the process! Hopefully, this has helped and let us know if you use any of the tips we’ve given you!