Being as prepared as possible is the key to a successful interview. Extensive research and preparation beforehand will help you feel more confident on the big day. To prepare well you should:
- Arrive 5-10 minutes early
- Be well presented in smart business attire
- Research the company, and the industry more broadly, via the internet, job advertisement, position description etc.
- If you have been given the names of the interviewer/s, find out about them so you understand their roles and backgrounds - memorise their names.
- Think about the challenges, motivations, dislikes and highlights of your career to date. Think of interesting examples that demonstrate these skills.
- Have a good understanding of the role and how the role fits into your ambitions/career goals.
- Prepare a 60-second answer about your work background and how it relates to the position you are interviewing for
- Soothe pre-interview nerves by role-playing with a friend or family, or alternatively, practice speaking in front of the mirror - be aware of your body language.
- Prepare questions about the role or the employer to ask at the end of the interview.
In some instances you may be called back for a 2nd or even 3rd interview, or be required to complete an assessment.