It’s normal to get sweaty hands, break out in a cold sweat or have your heart in your mouth when you are sitting for an interview. But what can you do to feel more confident and less nervous before an interview? Preparation. After all, failing to prepare, is preparing to fail.
How to prepare for an interview?
1. Update your resume
Make sure your CV is up to date with your most recent qualifications and work experience. Avoid adding too much content to your resume but do not hesitate to be descriptive about the important work experience and qualifications that are sure to add value to your profile. Use a professional resume template that is not too colorful or complicated. Include a recent and professional photograph to the resume, it will allow the manager to put a face to your resume and have a more personalized relationship with you.
2. Research on the company and its industry.
Go through the website of the company of the job you are applying for. Collect a more solid idea about their products, their brand, their clientele, their corporate culture, and their team. If the job role is in the industry that you are specialized in or have worked in before, prior research will not be so necessary. However, if you are looking to expand your career prospects by moving to a new industry, carry out research about the industry and its competitors in order to be more informed. Always remember that interviewers pay attention to how interested you are in the job role by analyzing the effort you have put into your research prior to sitting for the interview.
3. Be thorough about the job description
Go through the job description carefully and be prepared to explain to the interviewer how your skills and qualifications can contribute to the job role and add value to the company as a whole.
4. Introduce yourself
Be prepared with a professional & straightforward introduction about yourself. You can talk about your experience, your qualifications, your strengths, your best qualities and traits. However, avoid getting too personal; for instance, talking about your family or other personal relationships.
5. Practice a sample conversation
With the help of a family or friend, practice some questions or conversations that you are most likely going to have with the interviewer. This will help you to be more confident and prepared during the interview.
6. Ask questions
Both you, the interviewee, and the interviewer are certain that you do not know everything about the job role, the products, or even the company. While doing your research, make a note of some questions or doubts you may about the job role, the products, or even the company, and feel free to make inquiries to the interviewer. This will give the interviewer the impression that you are a logical thinker and that you are thorough in what you do.
7. Dress for the part (even if it is an online interview).
Whether you are physically sitting for the interview or whether it is an online interview, it is important that you dress well as this is your only chance to make a good and lasting first impression with the interviewer as well as the company. Gentlemen can wear a neatly ironed shirt and trousers to match. Whereas ladies are encouraged to wear a smart blouse or shirt along with a matching skirt or pants. Most importantly, never forget to wear a smile!
Here are a few words of advice from some senior members of our team:
“Once informed regarding an interview, it is important that candidates acknowledge the email sent regarding the interview. It is appreciated when a person has a friendly and professional disposition throughout the interview. I tend to prioritize candidates who promptly get back to me on any assignment they are requested to submit before or after an interview. Even if they are taking longer to complete the assignment, I appreciate it when they inform my team about the delay as it means that they have not completely neglected the assignment. Once the interview process is over, I pay attention to if the candidate follows up on the status of the interview afterward. These small actions speak volumes when it comes to the individual’s responsibility, accountability, punctuality, and professionalism.” – Hannah Brannigan (Operations Manager).
“I expect the candidates to be sure about what they have mentioned on their resumes and to be able to explain their qualifications, work experience, and knowledge of the job role.” – Sachinda Leel (Team Lead at Broadband Solutions).
“A balance between confidence and self-awareness. having the ability to take on a new role in an unfamiliar setting with an accurate understanding to apply, learn and adjust his or her strengths and weaknesses to overcome KPIs.” – Katie Parkers (Sales & marketing executive at Voigue).
We wish you all the very best for your interview!