Interview tips – after you've landed the interview

Landing an interview is exciting. It means you are one step closer to your dream job or moving up the career ladder. However at this point you have to realise that you can’t just walk into an interview, you have to prepare for it.

Do your homework

“There’s only one interview technique that matters… Do your homework so you can listen to the answers and react to them and ask follow-ups. Do your homework, prepare.” – Jim Lehrer

Being prepared would give you the confidence to walk into your interview and impress. Your confidence or lack thereof will be visible to the interviewer.

Practice and relax

“If you can’t relax during your interview, then nothing you do to prepare will matter. Being yourself is essential to the selection process, and interviewers will feel it if you’re too nervous. Showing fear or anxiety appears weak compared to a relaxed smile and genuine confidence.” – Travis Bradberry

Practice answering questions, your smile, how sit and your listening skills before going to your interview.

Sit upright

“Slouching or leaning back may send the wrong signals. When you sit down for a formal interview, lean forward to show interest and active listening.” – Kathryn Minshew

Set yourself apart as a candidate and be articulate. Share your career highlights and how it impacted your employer’s bottom line. If you aren’t a memorable candidate, you will never land the job.

Stand out

“Most hiring managers interview a lot of people. So many that they generally have to go back to their notes to remember candidates – the exception being candidates with a strong hook. Sometimes these hooks are how people dress or their personality, but the best hook is a strong story that’s work-related.” – Travis Bradberry