Many people find job interviews nerve-wracking and intimidating. Relax... Becky Simmons from Curo’s Employability Services team gives her tips for improving your job interview skills!
1 Planning and preparation is the best thing you can do to ace any interview. In an interview you can expect to be asked what you know about the company. Do your research beforehand, get to know the company, their mission and values and learn the job description inside-out. Think about what kind of questions you might be asked, and think about any questions you might have for the interviewer.
2 Your interview is the first chance the employer will have to meet you, and you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so you’ve got to make it count. Always dress to impress, no matter what job you’re applying for. Aim to arrive around 15 minutes early and then, when your interviewer comes out to greet you, shake their hand, be confident and be sure to make eye contact. When you're in the interview room, take a glass of water if you’re offered one, sit down, take a deep breath and relax.
3 It helps to know what to expect, especially if you’ve never had a job interview before. The interviewer should introduce themself and anybody else who's present. They'll explain how long the interview will take, and what kind of things they're likely to ask. Most interviews last between 45 minutes and an hour, and the interviewer will be taking notes as you answer your questions. Don’t be put off by this, they just want to be able to remember your answers.
4 Listen carefully to the questions you’re being asked and answer as fully as you can. Use examples to show how you’ve demonstrated the skills that they're looking for. Don’t worry if you need to ask for a question to be repeated if you don’t understand.
5 You’ll be asked if you have any questions at the end of the interview: this is the time for your pre-prepared questions so you can show your interest and spark off further conversations about the company or about the role.
6 As you're leaving the interview, shake the interviewer's hand and thank them for meeting with you. Make sure you find out when you’re likely to hear back, and leave with confidence. The hard part is over.
7 Most importantly, remember to show off your skills and suitability for the role so the employer can see exactly why they want to hire you. Your interview is a chance for you to shine and be the best version of yourself.