It’s your 30th time going for an interview in your entire 30 years of life. Does going for interview still give you the jitters? Not sure how some people seem so confident at the holding area while you are trying your very best to stop your palms from crying tears of nervousness?

3 Stages of Interview

Pre-Interview

Interview

Post-Interview

1. Pre-Interview

Read up on the key information of the organization from their website. Key things to take note of will be the organization’s values, their leadership structure, their business operations and so on. With the rising trend of social media taking over traditional communication channels, these social media platforms will also hold important information that might help you in your interview.

The main point of this is not to memorize or stuff yourself with as much information as possible. The focus should be on internalizing the information from 2 perspectives. Firstly, to identify how can you value add to the organization. Secondly, how the organization is congruent with your personal values and career ambitions. This understanding will help you to better articulate your thoughts and opinions during the interview.

Other than rehearsing common questions such as “Tell me more about yourself”, also look through the job description and try to prepare for some questions that are more specific to the role that you are interviewing for. Load yourself with examples of your past experiences as we all know scenario questions are still quite popular these days. Rope in the help of a mirror or a friend so that you can practice answering questions out loud. Do not memorize your answers, always be natural. Employers will be expecting you to ask questions during the interview, so please prepare smart questions to showcase your interest and passion for the role.

Other administrative things on your to-do-list will be to research on the interview location, prepare all documents required for the interview, pick your outfit the night before and rest well.

2. Interview

Reach the interview location at least 15 minutes earlier so that can go for a toilet break, wipe your perspiration and mental prep yourself for the mini war ahead. Observe the workplace dynamics if you are sane enough to do so as it will help you to determine whether will the interview will be more casual or professional.

Be nice to the security guard, to the receptionist, to the interview coordinator and to everyone. You will never know whether they will have the power to influence the interview outcome. But then again, we should always be nice to everyone.

Practise good manners: Knock the door, smile, greet and ask if you can take a seat. Many of times candidates are so nervous that they walk unconfidently into the room and there goes your first impression. Mind your body language as well: Sit straight, don’t shake your leg, use your facial expressions and gestures to better express yourself.

Understand that interviewers are humans too, they have limited attention span, so try to go straight to the point. Strike a balance between not answering way too short that you lose the essence of what you are trying to explain and not answering way too long that you lure the interviewers to the land of boredom.

Like resume writing, you have to go above and beyond during the interview as well. Other than explaining what you have done previously, always relate them to your achievement and skills to earn points from the interviewer. There might be 101 people who can perform your previous job scopes, but to attain that achievement, there might be only 1 and that’s you.

Be genuine and authentic. Interviewers appreciate that a lot. The smoke detector in the room will go off if you are smoking your way through the interview. It’s not too difficult to sense that. Show you enthusiasm for the role and keep salary topics till the end of the interview or only when the interviewer mentions it.

3. Post-Interview

After the interview, you can ask the interviewer or your recruiter on what are the next steps you should take.

Other than thanking the interviewer before leaving the room, you can send a personalized thank you letter after the interview. This helps you to create an impactful impression.

Survived another war, gained another experience. Be it a good or bad run, you did your best.

Can’t wait to give your shot at an interview but not sure what opportunities to go for?

Kingfisher Recruitment Group is a global provider of total recruitment solutions. We help clients design people strategies, attract and develop talents worldwide across Healthcare & Life Sciences, Professional Services, Technology, Retail & Consumer, Manufacturing, Automotive, Property & Construction and Engineering industries. Let us know if you are seeking for opportunities or looking for talents within these industries. We have a dedicated team of specialist consultants who are always ready to send you for interviews.