Your fancy looking resume and a killer of a cover letter have done their job: you got invited for a first interview! On the one hand you feel like celebrating, but you find interviews can be a challenge. Plus, you simply didn’t get an offer yet. Getting through an interview round can be a daunting experience. Every single one of us has had sweaty palms and that shaky voice whenever we had to sell ourselves to our future employer, without coming across to overbearing. But don’t worry, great preparation and planning will help you a long way. Here’s how:
 
#1 Do your research

One of the most important parts of the interview process, is to make sure you perform maximum research on the company. Check out their website, get the info on the key people and check out their social media accounts. The more you know about the company, the better prepared you will be. And less likely you will trip up on those “what do you know about us” questions!

#2 Prepare your answers

It’s always a great idea to think about the questions you are likely to be asked, and then spend some time coming up with answers to those questions. Make sure you know your key strengths and be able to give examples of those strengths.

#3 Role play

This might sound a little far fetched I know, but role play with a family member, friend or housemate can really put your mind at ease and build up the confidence you need to be ready for the big day. Just sit down and let them ask the questions you prepare, but also let them come up with some new questions you have to formulate an answer on right on the spot (like during a real interview).

#4 Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great way to put a face to a name before you get to an interview. It’s always advantageous to check out the profile of the person you’re interviewing with before the interview. It will help put your mind at ease knowing who you will be meeting, as well as his/her credentials and interests. This mostly works both ways, since the interviewer may have a look at your profile as well. Make sure it’s all up-to-date with relevant information and a recent profile photo.

#5 Dress the part

Make sure you dress the part. Again this comes down to research! The company you’re interviewing at could have a very corporate dress code or could be more relaxed and informal. Make sure you speak to your recruiter beforehand to make sure you know what to wear.

#6 Ask questions

A few strategic questions can demonstrate your intelligence, analytical skills and assertiveness, which should perk the potential employer’s interest and separate you from the field. Have these prepared from your company research and avoid superficial small talk. Also ensure you ask questions within the allocated time, and don’t overstay your welcome.

#7 The next steps

Don’t be afraid at the end of the interview to ask about the next steps. This will show you are assertive and keen to progress.

For any additional tips or suggestions, get in touch with a CircuIT consultant on 03 9245 0600 or follow our social media channels!

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