After you pass the required criteria on paper, the interview is usually the last stage of the application process. This would be the time for the recruiters to evaluate you in person and is the deciding factor in whether you are suitable for the position or not. It is therefore imperative that you come to the meeting prepared and well-informed.
Interviews are meant to assess your experience, motivation, expertise, judgment, behavior, weaknesses and intentions to determine if you offer the best combination to meet an organisation’s needs and fit in with their culture.
Job interviewing may never seem to get any easier, even when you have gone for more interviews than you can count. You are always meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don't know.
That said, there are ways to make a job interview much less stressful. Invest a little time prior to the interview and it will be much easier to handle.
Have your clothes, resume, list of referees and directions to the interview site ready ahead of time to avoid any extra stress. According to Amy Glass, a trainer and coach at Brody Communication Ltd, in an interview situation you're marketing yourself as a product and so you want to have the best image possible.
You want to make sure you wear clothes that suit the post offered. In many traditional industries, like finance or accounting, business professional dress will be appropriate such as a shirt and tie if you're a man, or a conservative suit if you're a woman, with perhaps a little personality shown through your shirt or jewellery. In other industries such as advertising, public relations, graphic design and information technology, what to wear might be less clear. If that's the case, ask about the company's general dress policies when you're first contacted about an interview.
Stay away from wearing overly casual clothes. Anything distracting like make-up, jewellery and accessories should be toned down.
1.2 Do your research
To prepare for an interview find out as much as you can beforehand. Call the person who scheduled your interview and ask some information about who you will meet and directions to the office. Visit the location of the office in advance if possible. Plan to arrive at the designated office at least 30 minutes in advance to allow for traffic and other uncertainties so that you can relax before the interview.
For some employers, they start evaluating you the moment you step into the company therefore, remember to be courteous and well-mannered to everyone you meet there. Keep in mind that they might be your future colleagues and you are laying the foundation for a good working relationship.
Make sure that you do thorough research on the company, the position, the interviewers, what sort of questions might be asked and questions you can ask the interviewers. Learn, understand and practice the information you have managed to gather. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be in answering any questions or queries. Also, plan on creating a good first impression externally as well such as wearing the appropriate attire and choosing a colour that would project a positive energy towards the interviewers.
Carry out research which will give you something to talk about in addition to the job description. Get the information from the employer’s website, or google information such as the company background. Try to specifically relate your experience to the duties the job opportunity entails. Read up about the person interviewing you so you get to know a bit more about the type of person they are.