Any time you will want a job, you will most likely have to go through an interview. These interviews are a key part of the impression you leave on your employer, so preparing in advance for it will greatly increase your chances of being employed.
Several days before the interview, make a recap of your entire life. Where you were born, on which date, where you studied, what you are qualified in, and other such information, basically anything related to the job that you are applying for. You don’t want to go into the interview room and realize you forgot about a key detail in your life and then got stuck saying nothing to your interviewer.
Also, do your homework on the company you want to apply to. This doesn’t only apply to things related to the position you are applying for. Having a general knowledge of the business’ current state and its history will leave the interviewer with a better impression and thus he will be a lot more likely to report that you look like the right person for the job.
Don’t be afraid to use your existing knowledge of the field as well as anything you are able to learn about the company you’re interviewing for to help buoy you up above the competition. For example, if you are applying for a job in the forensics field, don’t be afraid to show off some of your criminology knowledge. If you have related degree, like a Masters in Criminology, the interviewer will read about it on your resume and likely make the assumption that you are a very capable employee who is worth hiring. Make sure you sound natural when discussing any matters related to the job, as employers can to tell if you’re trying too hard to impress them.
You may want to write down a simple resume of yourself even if the application does not require it, simply for the fact that having the ideas laid out in front of you while the interview goes on will help you a lot.
Get your clothes professionally cleaned. You will need the smart clothing that looks best on you, as the image you present of yourself will also matter a lot when it comes to the interviewer’s first impression. If he sees a person with a ruffled, dirty suit, then he’ll most likely just refuse you straight away, since you will most likely behave the same around customers, which would hurt business profits.
As always, sleep well the night before the interview. If you will be tired you will be a lot more likely to screw up in some way, be it forgetting to say things, stuttering or saying the wrong thing.
When you do get into the interview, keep calm. Do not burden yourself with too many problems and do not try to mask who you really are. Simply behave naturally, give a polite salute and then show confidence but not arrogance. This is where it pays off if you wrote down the ideas about yourself. However, if you did, do not make it sound like a letter.
Keep your natural but polite way of speaking, as that will most likely get your interviewer to think about you more as a person and less as a possible employee. Assess your interviewer carefully. If he seems grumpy and serious, then it’s better to stay official.
If he seems rather the cheery type, then you can try throwing a joke now and then to make him think better of you, just make sure you don’t joke about him or the company or overdo the jokes since that may just be an annoyance to him.
If you’re careful about what you say and do and you follow these simple tips, you should get yourself a new job with ease.