Job interviews can be daunting and downright stressful but if you are prepared and follow a few basic tips you can approach your interview with confidence and demonstrate that you are the right candidate for the job. Here are five tips to help you nail your interview.
1. Be yourself
Trying to be something or someone you're not will only end badly as you will very quickly be found out. Be your wonderful authentic self and if the interviewer isn't happy with that, then it probably wouldn't have worked anyway.
2. Be truthful
In the interview, don't embellish or stretch the truth about your experience or qualifications. Again, it is very likely you will be found out eventually and that could be devastating to your reputation. You can always show your willingness to develop further with additional training or even ask if someone in the organisation could mentor you. This is a positive approach and much better than telling an untruth to a potential employer.
3. Be on time
There is nothing worse for your chances of securing the job than turning up late for the interview. In fact, you should aim to get there at least 20 minutes early so you have time to find the meeting place, gather your thoughts, take some deep breaths and relax. If you are unsure about the location or availability of parking, investigate early by having a drive-by yourself.
It seems obvious but when you're nervous and stressed your face will often reflect this. Studies have shown that the act of smiling, even if forced, triggers brain chemicals that help us feel more positive and relaxed. Try it! It will not only help you perform in your interview but will likely put your interviewer at ease as well.
5. Home some questions prepared
Towards the end of the interview, you will usually be asked if you have any questions of your own. Have a few questions prepared beforehand and be confident when asking them. Questions can relate to the role or the organisation. Just make sure they are relevant.
Good luck with your new interview!