Before the Interview
Before the Interview
Fact Find, Feel Fine
Review the job description and make sure you understand what the job entails. Then, find out what form the interview will take – is it a one-on-one or panel interview? Will there be a test to assess your skills? And finally, make sure you know about the company. Ask for promotional literature and find out where the company or firm ranks in the marketplace and which companies are its biggest competitors. You can search LinkedIn and review the biographies of current employees, and perhaps even the hiring manager and other interviewers.
Understanding whether your audience has a technical background, legal background, law enforcement background, or another background altogether will help you in knowing how to effectively communicate to your audience. You may also recognize similarities – perhaps you attended rival colleges, studied the same foreign language, or have a LinkedIn connection in common. – This information can be valuable in “breaking the ice” in the interview and establishing common ground and likeability.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice your interview skills – that means answering the interview questions out loud to yourself as if you were in the interview. Run through your answers out loud, in front of a mirror – facial expressions and body language play a huge role! This will build confidence and assure you that you will come across as articulate, efficient, and prepared.
Right Place, Right Time
Confirm the time and venue for your interview 24 hours beforehand, and don’t leave your journey to chance. Make sure you have up-to-date timetables for public transport or if you’re traveling by car, leave time for parking, traffic, and other hold-ups.
Arrive Early, But On Time
Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to the interview location. Wait in your car or in the lobby until the interview time has arrived. This will give you time to relax and get focused. Arriving too early can be as much of an inconvenience as arriving too late, so try to be precise and on-time. Also, remember to be polite and friendly to receptionists – they often have more input than you think, and you might end up working with them every day. It’s important to get off on the right foot.