A guide to help you get better at interviews
Have you ever left a job interview and wished you’d performed better? Perhaps you thought you were a little too muddy in your explanation, or became flustered under the pressure of the boardroom?
It’s easy to put yourself down when you can’t change the past, but if you pay careful attention to your interview technique you can take care of the future. Next time you’ll leave knowing you managed to perform to the best of your abilities.
Remember the following points and impress your interviewers.
As Abraham Lincoln said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. There’s no point having good technique and skills without having done the preparation to back it up.
You need to know, off by heart, the answers to these questions:
Write the answers down and learn them.
You may be asked about your behaviour in the workplace, to understand how you act in certain situations. Questions might be
These can be tricky questions to answer clearly, but you can use the STAR acronym to remember an effective way of answering:
You need to be confident in an interview, but you can’t do this unless you’re relaxed. You can remember a few things to help you make sure you’re in the right mind-set.
Be interested and pay attention.
You need to tell your interviewer why they should hire you. Be clear on your skills, attributes and successes – don’t be shy.
You can show your enthusiasm even after the interview itself by emailing a short note to your interviewer expressing thanks while reiterating your interest. You can also use this as an opportunity to mention anything you might have forgotten.