Your CV has done its job and you have an interview lined up. Spend some time going through the job ad and match the requirements with your skills. There are always some power phrases or key words that you'll want to slip in during the interview. Look for these in the advert and relate them back to your previous roles. Always, always, use industry terminology - this shows that you're an expert with good experience. Don't forget dress smart - no fancy ties or dresses. Finally make sure you get a good nights sleep the day before.
Keep to the following principles and you should do ok. Make a conscious effort to implement them during the interview and eventually they'll become second nature.
- Short, concise answers.
- Provide real world examples.
- Relate your experiences back to the company.
- Don't lie - you'll get found out in the long run.
- Have some questions of your own lined up.
- Make sure the interviewer feels valued by listening.
Keeping your answers concise is key to winning confidence - talking too much will nearly always end up with you saying the wrong thing and talking too little makes you feel cold and distant. This is one of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make so be on your guard.
After The Interview
The first thing you should do after the interview is review the questions asked. Write them down - especially technical questions. This self analysis will help when going to other interviews. If you've identified a couple of mistakes then that's good because you won't repeat them next time. Once you've got back home or to the office think about writing a follow up letter or Email. Try to reflect on your answers and highlight any areas which you think the interviewer will have any doubts on. Express your interest in the company and the role and explain how your skills and experience will benefit the company and your future work colleagues.