Tips for a successful job interview
When in a job interview situation, there are simple ways to appear relaxed controlled and confident.
Practice makes perfect.
While you may feel silly standing in front of the bathroom mirror practising your ‘my greatest achievement’ speech, it is important to mentally prepare for an interview.
Imagine what the interviewers are going to ask you and come up with a response.
It may help to take some notes and brainstorm particular topics that they may be interested in.
Some questions to prepare for include:
Where do you see yourself in five years?
What attracted you to this company?
What do you know about this company?
What skills will you bring to the office?
What was on the front page of the newspaper today?
Dress for the occasion. Depending on the workplace, try to dress appropriately. Choose something that is professional, but something that you feel comfortable in.
Most offices have a closed-toe shoe policy, so it is best to leave the thongs at home.
Jeans are also not acceptable and avoid clothes that are revealing or could be considered too casual.
Know your stuff. Know your resume inside and out. Often interviewers will construct their questions based on the information in your resume.
Show some interest. While interviews are mostly one way, prepare some questions that you can ask them.
You will appear interested and keen to learn more.
And most of all whatever you do, don’t scream ”Show me the money!” at the interviewers.
Though successful in Hollywood films, this tactic is sure to backfire in real life. Seriously though, it is important to relax and to smile – if you feel at ease with yourself, so will your interviewers.
The Canberra Times
Published: 10 November 2008