Everyone will have an interview to attend at some point in their lives, which makes this blog one to read for all. The key is to get into good habits, no matter how small, because attention to detail makes all the difference when making that critical first impression. It’s this first impression that could make or break your chances of getting the job, so pay attention!
Before attending an interview, it is important to appropriately prepare yourself by practising answers to generic interview questions and reading about the company; its operations, values, examples of work, etc. If you do this they will be impressed knowing you’ve taken the time to understand the company and also share their ethic and style, but if you don’t do this the interviewer(s) will catch onto it very quickly. It is also a good idea to prepare any hard evidence of previous work that relates to the job as well as a copy of your CV (in case they don’t have access themselves); this will really help you to sell yourself!
On the day of the interview make sure you’re dressed appropriately and arrive at your destination well in advance to allow you time to locate the venue; being prompt and well-dressed is a sign to them of your professionalism (that’s one tick already!). When in the interview, show confidence but try to relax, because if you’re too nervous you’ll likely find yourself speaking too fast and/or muddling up your words. Try to come up with some questions of your own as this shows to the interviewer(s) that you’re inquisitive and want to know more about the company/role. Finally, make sure to thank the interviewer(s) for their time, and mention that you will look forward to hearing back from them. If after hearing back from them you’re offered the job, then congratulations! If not, don’t be discouraged, as you can still take something away from the experience. Feedback is one thing you should always ask for as you can use it to improve on your next interview.
So after reading this you can see the little things you can do as part of an interview process to improve your chances of getting the job; most of them simple things. Arguably the most important thing to do is the preparation as this can be done before the interview, and the rest can come naturally. Good luck!