Firstly, give yourself a huge pat on the back for making it to the interview stage.
Clearly, your potential employer has loved your resume, and you are one step closer to landing that dream job! Now it’s time to prepare, work on those first interview jitters and blow them away with your charisma and can do attitude.
Before you attend the interview there are some steps you should undertake to set you apart from the crowd. Make sure you research the company you are interviewing for. Are they a new company? What exactly does the company do? How big is the team you will be working for? You can find out most of the answers online by searching their website, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter (if they have it).
There is also no doubt they will ask you what your strengths and weaknesses are, strengths is the easy question to answer, of course, you are a great listener with a can do attitude that thinks outside the box to get the job done but answering your weaknesses question is equally as important. Try using a negative as a positive e.g “sometimes I work too hard and by Friday’s I am a little worn out” or try something like “my last boss said that I was too much of a perfectionist.” Clever, right!?
Ensuring you are on time and dressed appropriately for your first interview is integral to landing the job so leave yourself plenty of time to get to the interview (especially if you are using public transport) and arrive between 5 – 10 minutes early to the office to give you enough time to have a glass of water so you are composed when you meet the HR manager. What you are wearing is also important, dress appropriately for the company culture and ensure your outfit is clean, pressed and you are respectfully covered in all the right places. Cleavage and short skirts are a huge no, no for your first interview (and in the office generally)
Body language says a thousand words,
ensure when shaking hands with anyone you are introduced to your handshake is firm but not over bearing. Sit up straight in your chair, don’t cross your arms and make sure you are making eye contact with whoever is speaking.
If they are talking for a long time nodding your head yes also shows that you are engaged and listening to the person speaking to you. I also liked to take a fresh notebook in with me and after sitting at the interview desk I would ask if it was ok to take a few notes while they spoke. Trust me this game plan is a winner!
Speak with conviction and believe in yourself. If you believe in what you are saying chances are the interviewer will too! Good luck, go out there and knock their socks off. You’ve got this!