Now your CV is looking good and your successful application is going to the next step. You now need to prepare for the interview process.
This can be a nerve-wracking experience especially if it’s been a while since you have last had to sell yourself. However, preparation is everything.
Usually an interviewer will make a judgement in the moments you first meet. First impressions are absolutely everything. Being presentable is key. You should always smile confidently and shake their hand and make sure you arrive on time. Many employers will take punctuality extremely seriously as it gives a big impression of you and your timekeeping.
Make sure you have researched the company before you go. The internet and social media are a usually a good place to start. This will help you in both answering questions and help you prepare any questions you may have.
Then it’s time to sell yourself. Make sure you have reviewed your CV and be prepared for the additional questions that may come your way. This is your chance to show why you are the best match for this position and how you can solve the employers staffing issue.
Your body language is also important too. You want to look confident and professional throughout the process, so try not to fidget or go overboard with hand movements. Try to maintain eye contact where possible.
Taking on board all of the above, hopefully being prepared should ease the nerves. If you feel stressed, remember to breath steadily. Make sure you are alert and listen carefully.
Building a rapport from the start is vitally important. Finally try and enjoy the process, this is possibly the last stage before finding the next job role you desire!