Whether it’s your first job or you’re at the peak of your career, chances are you’ll need to get through an interview to land the job you want. All interviews are different, but there are key things which give you a fighting chance whatever the job.
Employers agree the key thing they’re looking for at interview is the right attitude. Enthusiasm, confidence and the ability to communicate are a good start. Be informed (do your research), relaxed (but not sloppy or disrespectful) and genuinely enthusiastic. It will go a long way.
Above all, be yourself. Even if you are not the most qualified of the candidates, the way you come over as a person could still win you the position. Your prospective employer is most likely to hire someone they can relate to and who will fit in with the team.
You will be nervous, that’s perfectly normal and interviewers will understand. Nerves only become a problem if they get out of control. But take heart, even then, as all may not be lost. Check out some of our genuine interview horror stories. Even the most appalling interview can work out well, so don’t worry.
It may be difficult to believe, but your interviewers might be as nervous as you; nerves work both ways. A good way to combat nerves is to be practice and have answers to common interview questions prepared.