Chances are you’ve been to a few interviews before so you know all this stuff. But if you’re new to this or feeling unsure, here are a few tips.
Preparation is key
Make sure you’ve read the organisation’s website, thoroughly. Know something about their products, services and competitors. Get familiar with recent campaigns, check out their social media and do a search for any recent news articles.
Find your interviewer on LinkedIn and get familiar with their experience.
Preparation will not only make you feel calm before the interview, it will help you ask intelligent questions.
Go armed with examples
Use the job description (or brief) to prepare examples of your previous work experience that might be relevant for the role.
Interesting and interested
While it’s crucial to clearly demonstrate your experience and interesting examples of your work, it’s also really important to come across as interested in the opportunity.
Make sure you have a list of questions ready – about the role, the organisation, the team or even the challenges that lie ahead.
Interviews are a two-way street
Yes, the interviewer wants to know if you’re the best person for the role but, at the same time, this is your opportunity to figure out if this is the role you want and if you’d be happy working with this organisation and team.
If you can, find out what style of interview to expect. Some people have a very formal Q&A style, others are more conversational.
Some interviews will seem more like a chat about your career history and others will be all behavioural style questions ie “tell me about a time when…”. If you can’t find out in advance, go prepared for behavioural style questions.
Finally, relax and be yourself.