Quite often job interviews can be nerve racking and when you are nervous you are more likely to make mistakes but if you spend some time preparing for your interview it can help you feel more comfortable and confident.
Do your research
Don’t ask a question that you could have found out yourself with a bit of research; such as ‘what does your organisation do?’ or ‘what will my role be?’ Asking questions like these will lead the interviewer to believe that you’re not that interested in the position or the organisation. Most job advertisements will have a position description which lists what the role is and what is expected of the person in that role. You should also be able to find out about the organisation through their webpage or Facebook.
If you’re asked why you left your last job or want to leave your current job don’t tell them that the work environment was horrible or that your boss asked you to do too much. The interviewers don’t know you very well; they may think that you were a major contributor to your horrible work environment! They also don’t want to hear you complain about people you’ve worked with in the past, they want to employ positive people who can appear to get along with anyone and everyone!
Mind your language
Don’t swear! You may use swear words in your everyday life but swearing during an interview is an absolute ‘no’. Your prospective employer will want to know that you can communicate with all types of people in a respectful and concise manner. So, speak clearly and try to slow down a bit if you’re feeling nervous.
A job interview is not just a chance for your prospective employer to find out if you’re the right person for a job, but it is also a time for you to find out more about the organisation you might be working for. Have two or three questions ready that you can ask at the end of the interview, such as:
What do you like about working for this organisation?
The answer to this question will hopefully give you some insight into the type of working environment that exists within the organisation.
What would you have expected me to achieve in 6 or 12 months in this role?
This will give you more understanding of the expectations your future employer has of you and your role. It will also give you an idea as to whether they have thought about what the role will be doing in the future.
How will you determine that the role has been successful?
This will help you understand what it takes to do the job well.
In short, be as prepared as you can be. Find out as much as you can about the organisation, read through the position description carefully and have some examples ready that show that you are capable of doing the job. Also, rehearse a couple of questions that you can ask at the end of the interview.
If you need some assistance preparing for job interviews Learn Local organisations can help you. Find out more here http://learnlocal.org.au/wycl/job-and-study-skills/