How to ace your job interview
Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, especially if your confidence has taken a bit of a beating recently or if you haven’t had much practice. Whether you’re interviewing face-to-face or scheduled for an online interview, MTC Australia Recruitment Coach Rob Evens has a few top tips to give yourself the best chance at securing the job.
The night before a job interview
- Select your clothes for the interview and make sure they are clean and ironed.
- If your interview is face-to-face, plan the route you will take to get there including checking public transport times or parking options.
- Set an alarm to give yourself plenty of time to get ready.
- Get a good night’s sleep after doing some final light research on the company you are interviewing with.
- Definitely do not drink alcohol or take drugs.
Best statement to make at the start of your interview
Employer: How are you today (Offers hand to shake)
Client: I’m a little nervous, (while holding handshake)
I’m excited to be here, AND I want to thank you for this opportunity.
Rob says: “This small statement will overcome three points of concern you might have when you’re heading into the interview”:
- Nervousness – the interviewer is very aware that you are nervous and will look more kindly on any mistakes made during the interview.
- Excitement for the role – warm fuzzies and body language
- Grateful and appreciative towards the interviewer and company for allowing THEM to interview.
Best questions to ask at the end of an interview
- What do you personally like most about working for this company?
- What would be my expected start date if I’m successful in securing this position?
- Is there anything else I can do or provide to help you make your decision?
And the final piece of advice to help you ace your job interview?
Assume that everyone you meet at the company is interviewing you. That is especially true for the receptionist you meet when you first arrive. A polite hello goes a long way and definitely don’t be rude! Everything you say and do while you’re at the organisation is part of your interview; so stay on your toes!
Interviewing is a learned skill, but even those of us who have attended plenty can still make mistakes. So, prepare, prepare, prepare and you will have a great chance of acing your interview.