Sunday, 23 June 2013

Nervous about a Job Interview?

It's very normal to be nervous about a job interview. It can be tough and there can be some tricky questions! You need to know how to sell yourself and promote your assets and you need to dress appropriately! Most people decide in the first 5 minutes if they like you or not – How can you impress? And what is this fuss about body language!? Job interviews can be daunting and scary, especially if you have gone through a number of interviews resulting in nothing but disappointment. The good news is it does not have to be a daunting experience.

Firstly, it is a positive thing to have the opportunity to be invited for a job interview and secondly don't forget that it would be unreasonable to think you are going to be successful at EVERY job interview. Every opportunity is a chance to learn more about yourself and to improve your interview skills. You can do a lot before, during and after an interview to increase your chances to impress the Hiring Manager and swing them to your side.

Let’s look at what you can do before an interview. Make sure to do your research on the company and industry. Be familiar with the job opportunity you applied for and bring your experience, knowledge and skills in line with the job requirements. It might help to write down what you could talk about your background in the interview.

Make sure you are ready a day before the interview, what to wear, how to get to the interview and know how long it will take you to get there. If unsure about dress codes of the organisation, there is no harm to ring up and ask. To be on the safe side though, it is generally a safe bet to go in business attire.