You found the perfect job opportunity, the one you’ve always dreamed about. You’ve already started picturing how it would be like to actually work there. Puff, time goes by and the interview is in 24 hours. Tons of emotions are kicking in and you find yourself wondering what to do to be in your best shape, to show your amazing personality.
Do not worry. We talked with our HR team and found 5 tips to ace your interview. However, take into consideration that each interview is different and even if you adapt, the best strategy is to be yourself.
Research, research, research
Never underestimate the importance of preparation. It is something often overlooked by applicants, even if it’s one of the easiest way to ace an interview. The preparation means that you care enough about this position to research the company, understand the business and the job description.
Honesty saves everyone’s time
Don’t try to suddenly embellish your previous experience and skills! The interviewers will see that and they will lose their trust in you and this is surely not the way to win their hearts and the job. You’re not doing yourself any favour either, as it might be easy to pretend to be in a certain way for 60 minutes, but then you’ll have to do it on a daily basis…
Get straight to the point
Talking too much weakens the power of your answer, and you may find yourself that you drifted away from the question and the listener will have problems following your message. Instead, focus on the question, provide a simple, concise answer and allow the listener to stay focused and ask you follow-up questions, if necessary. This will turn the interview into a conversation and will help you build rapport, which helps keep your confidence high.
Secret weapon: final questions
Everyone knows the “Do you have any questions?” question is coming, yet very few are prepared to answer it. This is your time to shine and find out more about the opening, company business, office life, anything you feel can make you take the decision to join the company!
This is truly the best thing you can do in an interview! No matter how badly you want the job, if you aren’t a good fit, then it’s nothing you can do about it. Instead, let your true self stay in control and you’ll send off your positive energy and the interviewers will remember you for the job that is perfect for YOU!
Remember, an interview is a sort of date between you and the company. It’s an opportunity to see if the job is perfect for you and also a chance to assess if you want to work in that company or not. It’s a decision made by both parties and if you feel nervous, let the nervousness be constructive, because this shows you care and you are human!