By Kim Nokwaza / 7 of December 2020
Did you manage to score a job interview? Congrats! You are one step closer to having the career of your dreams. This step, however, is an important one, so it’s crucial that you do as much preparation as possible. And I’m here to help. Here are 10 tips to help you ace it.
1. Research the Company
Before you step into their office for questioning, you should find out as much as you can about your potential employer. Getting an understanding of their company culture is also important so that you can get a sense of whether or not you’d enjoy working there.
2. Practice Answers to Common Questions
As you prepare for your interview, you may be wondering which questions the employer is going to ask you. Do some online research on popular interview questions and think about how you would answer them.
3. Prepare Your Personal Pitch
The interviewer will usually start by asking you to tell them about yourself. This is your time to shine, so make it count. Craft an introduction that's brief – you don’t want to bore them with unnecessary details.
4. Look Sharp
Make a good first impression and dress well (and appropriately for the environment you want to be working in). Professional clothing will show you’re a boss babe who’s serious about her career.
5. Be Punctual
It might sound extra, but try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your interview is meant to start. Late attendance is never excusable unless you have a real emergency on your hands.
6. Speak Well
The aim of an interview is to exchange information to see if you would be a good fit. Be articulate, be honest and do not come across as someone who lacks confidence. Chin up, lady!
7. Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
This tip goes hand in hand with honesty. No one believes you when you say your only weakness is ‘being a perfectionist’, trust me! Saying that only shows that you lack self-awareness or are putting on a front to get the job. Be self-aware, know your strengths and weaknesses and be able to describe them.
8. Ask the Right Questions
Come prepared to interview the interviewer! The interviewer will ask you if there’s anything you’d like to know. Asking smart questions will show them that you’re thinking seriously about your future at their company.
9. Seek Clarity
Be sure that when you answer questions that they are ones that the interviewer really asked. If you’re not quite sure what they mean, ask for clarity so that you can nail the answer.
10. Thank the Interviewer
Within 24 hours of the interview, send a thank you email to the interviewer. Cheesy? Maybe. But at least this will ensure that you are top of mind!
Is your job interview a virtual one? No sweat – I’ve got tips for that, too!
- Check your tech: Test your technology to ensure you’re set up for success. Check your connectivity and confirm that your camera and microphone are working. Do this well ahead of the interview. Fumbling around with your audio or lighting during the call is not a good look!
- Set the scene (and minimise distractions): Decide where to have the interview. Find a room with the best lighting and tidy up your surroundings. Once settled, remove all distractions. This means turning off your phone and closing any nearby windows to muffle your neighbour’s barking dog.
- Relax! The very last step is to just take some deep breaths and accept that things might not go as perfectly as you would like. Life is just like that sometimes. Remember, you’re only human, and your interviewer knows that, too. Go knock 'em dead!