The time to enter the work market has arrived and that means your first job interview is going to happen soon.
It’s normal to feel a little lost at first, so we have the best tips to help you with your first job interview!
Do your research
One of the most important things to do before going to a job interview is to research information about the company that is going to interview you. It’s crucial to ensure that you demonstrate knowledge about the business. Normally interviewers ask “what do you know about our company?” and if they don’t ask that specifically, your answers should reflect that your research.
But where can you find the information you need? The company website is the first place to start, as well as their social media pages. You can also check on Google the main results and analyze the reviews and news about the company.
This research will allow you to be updated about the latest events and give you some interesting topics to discuss in the interview. It is crucial that you know where the interview is taking place and research how you can get there, that way you won’t be late and cause a bad impression.
As you must have heard before, practice leads to perfection and a job interview is no exception! Research some typical interview questions, you can read about this subject here: Top interview questions you need to know The next step is to ask a friend or family to ask you some of those questions so you can practice your answers. As you practice, you’ll be more and more comfortable answering any question they ask, it will ease your mind to know you are prepared and capable of giving a well-structured answer.
Prepare your responses
One of the biggest fears that most people have during a job interview is to “freeze” and being unable to answer any question the interviewer asks. Preparing your responses is crucial because it can be an opportunity to shine. The way you answer their questions can determine whether you are the right person for the job or not. In a job interview, some questions are straightforward and may ask about your skills and experience, they can also ask you to describe situations where you had to use your skills and how you dealt with them.
During your job interview:
Finally, during the interview, you should consider some important aspects.
Try to stay as calm as possible, it will help you focus and answer the questions more successfully. It’s normal to feel a little flustered if that happens just pause and take a deep breath so you can organize your thoughts, try to incorporate what you know about the company in the discussion and be confident in your skills while speaking.
Being honest is important if you have activities that might conflict with your work schedule, discuss that with the interviewer and be flexible. Listen and as the interviewer finish their speech, ask a question about the company and finally, you should know an interview is like a conversation if you bare that in mind, it will help you to stay calm.