It’s an interview, not an interrogation

It’s an interview, not an interrogation

Interviews can be intimidating and nerve-wracking.

You’re the centre of attention, being scrutinised by strangers. It can make you feel like a caged animal.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Think of it as a two-way business conversation. One that you’re completely prepared for. You can handle that, right?

Here’s how to prepare for your interview:

Do your research on the company. Look for mentions of the company in the media, on Glass Door, on social media, in the finance pages.

Talk to people who used to work there to get further insights. Use LinkedIn’s “past company” search filter to find ex-employees.

Do your research on your interviewers. Look them up on social media. Watch videos and listen to podcasts they’ve contributed to. Use their content as a conversation starter to break the ice and build rapport.

Prepare your answers to predictable competency based questions around obvious topics such as leadership, management, change, influencing skills etc. You need specific and unique examples for each of these.

On the day:

Arrive 10 minutes early, visit the toilet and practice the power pose (google it if you’ve never heard of this) – it really helps to calm your nerves and boost your confidence.

Think of the interview as a pitch, or business meeting. You’re selling your services and know the subject inside out, because the subject is YOU!

Share your enthusiasm. Explain why you’re keen on the company and the job. Be specific. Demonstrate your knowledge of the organisation and how you can add value.

Ask useful and insightful questions. Don’t be rushed out of the room without having the chance to ask about the opportunity, their expectations and the company culture.

*Please don’t:

Arrive late
Smell of smoke
Look at your phone
Chew gum
Read your CV

*This list applies to interviewers as well!

Bonus tips

To boost your confidence, on the day of your interview, write down 20 things you do well. Keep going if you can think of more than 20. You’ve got this!

Follow up the next day. If the interview came via a recruiter, let them know you’d like to follow up and they will advise you on the best route.

If you got the interview directly, email the interviewers thanking them for their time and telling them something you didn’t discuss in the meeting.

Good luck with your interview!

PS: If you’re not getting through to the second round of interviews, I offer interview practice sessions.

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