Preparing for an interview is always tough, your nerves are shot, your heart is beating faster than normal and you are not quite sure what to expect. It is the age-old question of how to prepare for the unknown. Stop trying to prepare for the unknown, realize that you more than likely are going to be thrown a curve ball in the interview, this is how the interviewers are going to see how you handle different things.
Focus on preparing for the things that you do know, like how you are dressed, first impressions really are everything. Don’t rock up to the interview in slip slops and jeans or looking like you have just woken up. Put in some effort and the person interviewing you will appreciate it. Prepare an answer for some of the generic interview questions, like where do you see yourself in 5 years, what are your biggest challenges that you have overcome and what is your greatest weakness?
These questions will always come up in one form or another. Here are 5 tips to feeling more confident in the interview:
- Always double check where the interview is going to take place and make sure you know the best route to take, you need to arrive 15 min before the interview to ensure that you are calm and ready when you walk in.
- Do your homework on the company and the position, understanding the company and its products will allow you to ask the right questions and will show the interviewer that you have spent time preparing for this
- Don’t ask the interviewer about things like money and leave days, those are alarm bells for the interviewer. Let them rather raise the topic and then you may ask any questions around those topics.
- Prepare a list of at least 5 questions about the company, the culture within the company, the position itself and the people who work there. This shows that you have a keen interest in making an informed decision.
- Remember as much as the company is interviewing you to see if you would be the right fit, you need to be interviewing the company to see if it is the right fit for you and for your career goals and aspirations.