So you’ve received that important call and you’ve been invited to an interview. And now you’re wondering what you need to do next.
Remember, your qualifications and skills are only a part of what an employer is looking for when interviewing you. How you behave and how you answer questions in an interview are also important. Let’s look at what you should do to prepare for an interview:
A WEEK BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
1. Practise with a friend
Ask a friend or family member to pretend to be the interviewer. There’s often a big difference between how we think we’re presenting ourselves and how we are presenting ourselves in reality. Listen to their feedback and make changes where necessary. This will help you prepare for that all-important interview.
JUST BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
1. Arrive early
Plan your route to the office on the day, and make sure you don’t get delayed. There’s nothing worse that arriving late for an interview – whatever the reason – as it creates a bad impression. Make sure you have enough time to get there. Remember: First impressions count!
2. Whatever you do, stay calm
When you become stressed, your body releases stress hormones that inhibit your ability to think clearly. Everyone feels nervous before an interview – so don’t worry, you’re not alone. Take a couple of deep breaths while you’re waiting – this will help calm your nerves and will keep your head clear. Inhale, count to ten, and slowly let your breath out.
3. Stop rehearsing your answers
Don’t use this time to over-prepare or rehearse your responses, as this can make the conversation feel scripted and you might not be prepared for an important question. Trust yourself, and your experience, and get ready to impress the interviewer.
4. Posture, posture, posture
Whether you are walking, sitting, or standing; a straight back posture is the best-looking, most professional pose. Leaning in slightly will show that you’re listening closely and that you’re interested in what the interviewer has to say.
5. Think happy thoughts
Relax and think about things that make you happy. Thinking of things that make you smile and feel good will help put you in the right state of mind going into the interview.
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