Congratulations! You’ve applied for the job and the employer wants to meet you. You should feel very proud being shortlisted. We know it can be a nervous time, but here’s some tips to help you feel confident on interview day.
How to prepare for a job interview
Look at the company website.
Learn the company’s history, who their customers are, their latest marketing campaigns, and follow their social media accounts. The more you know about the company, the more you’ll be able to explain why you should work there.
Read through the job-ad
Have another look at the position you applied for and remember the selection criteria. Read through your cover letter and remind yourself why you’re the best person for the job.
What to wear to a job interview
Think about the position you’ve applied for and try to dress to impress. If you’re going for an office position, try to wear business-type attire. If it’s a job in a restaurant, try to look smart. You have 5 seconds to make a great first impression, so use this to your advantage. Also, don’t forget to wear a big smile and a badge of confidence!
Common interview questions
The more you prepare, the less likely you’ll be stumped on difficult questions. Some common interview questions include:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why do you want to work here?
- What do you know about our company?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why did you leave your last job?
Interview questions go two ways, so try to think of a few questions you want answered and ask these at the end of the interview. You’ll be interviewing them as much as they’re interviewing you, so feel confident and think about finding the right employer to match your needs too.
After the job interview
Once the interview finishes, the interviewer/s will often explain the next process and if they don’t – you can ask them.
Once the full interview process is completed you’ll either be told you’ve been successful and given a contract, or told you were unsuccessful. If you got the job – congratulations! You can spend some time negotiating your hours and pay if you like, but if you’re happy with the contract, go ahead and sign it.
If you missed out this time, you can always ask for feedback from the interviewer/s and prepare for next time. Don’t feel disheartened, you’ve learnt lots from this round so just keep looking and applying.