How to make a good impression during a job interview

“Be so good, they can’t ignore you.” Steve Martin

You applied for the job. You got an interview. Now you have to make a good impression so that you are the successful candidate. Follow these simple tips to ensure a smooth interview, where you come out tops.

Be prepared

The best way to calm your nerves is to make sure that you’re prepared. Start by researching the company and find out a little more about the people who will be interviewing you. Go onto the company’s website. Visit their Facebook page. Read their most recent press releases. The more you know about the company the better.

Practice your answers

Interviewers have many common questions. These could be things like:
Tell me about yourself
Why are you interested in this company?
Why do you think you’re the right person for the job?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Practice what you would say when these questions are asked. Make sure that you can quickly communicate the value you will bring to the role.

Go over the job description again

Knowing what skills your future employer is looking for is very important. Highlight the skills you have and make sure to raise them in your interview. Think about examples from your past work experience that aligns with their requirements. Knowing what you can bring to the party will show your interviewer that you are a serious contender for the job.

Print out your CV and take it with you

Even though many interviewers will have your CV on hand, it is always a good idea to look prepared. Print out a copy of your CV and place it in a plastic folder. Should you need to reference your job history or any references, you’ll have it all in front of you.

Take examples of your work to the interview

You will, more than likely, be asked about specific work that you’ve completed during your career. Make sure that you can reference any jobs that you’ve done. Whether this is a learnership, volunteer work or other experience, it’ll stand you in good stead to show that you have the experience.

Have smart questions prepared

An interview is also your opportunity to find out more about the position as well as the company. Use this time to ask the interviewer smart questions. You could ask things like:

  • What are some of the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
  • What characteristics would someone need to succeed in this role?If I am successful, how will my performance be measured?
  • What are the challenges to be expected in this role?
Being prepared is half the job done
Being prepared is half the job done.

Be as relaxed as possible

If you’ve done the above, there really is no reason to be nervous during an interview. If you find that you still are, take a deep breath and try to relax. Ask for a glass of water in case your mouth gets dry and remember to smile. This is your chance to show who you are and all you can bring to the company.
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