You’ve made it to phase two! Nice one! Being contacted for an interview is an achievement in itself, and having the right state of mind can be make or break. Without further ado, here are some tips that will ensure you nail it on the day:
- I’ve been told before that if you fail to prepare you should fail to prepare. Horribly cliché – but true. If you walk into an interview able to talk about company news and reports then (even if they don’t come up) you will feel confident. Check social media (especially LinkedIn) and take time to genuinely learn about the business.
- This includes two things – practising and being proactive. Writing notes and practising your responses in front of a mirror will ensure you don’t get flummoxed in the heat of the moment.
- Furthermore, being proactive separates the sheep from the goats. Never be afraid to give a quick call or send a LinkedIn message. Even if it is just to ask about company dress code, you will send a message that you are here to be taken seriously.
- It is important to review the job description so that you can describe exactly what you can bring to the company, but finding an equilibrium is vital; what can you bring to the role? Why is it right for you? Make sure you know!
- Visualise your success both before and during the interview. Take a deep breath and speak slowly and clearly. Bring your story to life with examples – you may not realise it but the interviewer may be just as nervous and has to buy into your personality as well as your qualifications.
Ultimately, giving it everything you’ve got and failing isn’t a bad thing (check out last week’s blog on the value of rejection to find out more!). It may be tempting to grab and surf your way through an interview – instead, invest time to prepare so that you can walk in there knowing you’ve stepped up and you’ve done your best.
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