How to Land Your Dream Job
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the interview. The next and final step is giving a great interview. The trick is leaving with a lasting impression and walking out feeling like a winner. However, especially for a first timer, interviews can be nerve-wracking, and it is often very difficult to gauge how well you did. Don’t obsess over it, below are tips and tricks to keep in mind before you go in.
Things to keep in mind while preparing for an interview:
The nerves before the interview are the worst part. The anxiety has a much better chance of making you mess up and make blunders. Take a deep breath and organise your thoughts. Keep in mind that even if you don’t make it, it’s not the end of the world. Better opportunities are always available. Give your best attempt and then let it go.
Keep your mind clear and focused. The interviewers will try their best to confuse you or distract you. They test you for confidence, efficiency, and stress management. There’s nothing to worry about, all you have to do is be dedicated to what you’ve applied for. Be realistic about your weaknesses, but don’t sell yourself short. Be respectful, but know your value. Be honest about your achievements.
They will be judging not just your answers, but your personality as well. Dress formally and pleasantly. Look your best, but don’t overdo it. Express your individuality as best as possible. Keep it simple and classy.
Relax your stance and posture, but not too casual. Don’t lean too forward in your seat, fold your hands in front of you if you tend to fidget. Use your hands to express yourself. Maintain eye contact, and make sure you smile when needed. Forget that a huge opportunity hangs in the balance. Make sure you shake their hand firmly before leaving the room.
Prepare for application
Do your homework. Make sure you’re knowledgeable about the job you’re applying for. Look up the company, role, and all there is to know about it. Collect all your material, a hard copy of your resume, your portfolio. Let them know what you have to offer. Prepare via mock interviews; you should be able to answer all potential questions.
Make sure it’s an actual conversation
It is not a test; it’s a chat for them to get to know you better. You are allowed to ask questions. Remember they are trying to get to know you, and you have the reigns. If they’re steering you towards a direction you are not comfortable with, you can steer them back. Keeping it light and conversational will help you relax too.
Plan your journey
Candidates often forget how important this last part is, turning up late to an interview causes significance damage to the first impression and no matter how well you perform during the interview, failure to turn up on time stains the overall performance. Always spend time prior to the interview planning your route. Look up public transport for alternative routes and timetables. If you are driving find out where you can park. Plan how long the journey will take. Do a practice run, if necessary. Aim to arrive about 15 minutes early.
However, it can happen, you may experience unexpected delays. In these circumstances: