Right – this is your big moment. Your opportunity to outshine the other applicants, and put yourself forward as the person for the job.
The best way to help you feel confident in the interview is to prepare for it beforehand.
Spend some time researching the company, and even the interviewer if you know who it will be. The best place to start is the company’s own website. Don’t overload yourself with information, but make sure you feel comfortable answering a question like ‘What do you know about our business?’
The other thing you need to do some research on is yourself! Make sure you know your resume inside out, and are able to speak with confidence about your education, work experience and achievements. And remember, always make your answers come back to the theme ‘how I can do the best job for you’. This is what the employer really wants to know.
Lastly, do some prep on how to get to the interview. Do you know exactly where it is? How long will it take to get there? It might even be worth doing a practise-run, as there’s no excuse for lateness.
Make sure you look your best for the interview, as people form impressions within 30 seconds of first meeting, and it’s very hard to change any negative impressions later. Give a firm handshake, and look your interviewer in the eye. Remember body language is important. You want to look relaxed but engaged. Sit slightly forward in your chair, and when speaking, make sure you address all your interviewers. Most important of all – be yourself.
Good preparation will help you perform your best in the interview, and reduce your nerves. You’ll know you’ve given yourself a head start on the competition.