It is normal to feel exhilarated when you get that email or SMS inviting you for a job interview. You have submitted a good CV and have probably passed an aptitude test to have gotten to this stage. You deserve to feel this way. You have gotten this far because to some degree, you have been outstanding. You have so far demonstrated that you have what it takes to join the organisation you have applied to. For that, you should feel great. Usually, as the date for the interview draws closer, you this excitement is mixed with anxiety and apprehension.
You can put all these feelings and emotions to good use and make the best out of this opportunity that could change your life.
1. Research the Company
First things first. Settle it in your mind that you will give it what it takes to ace that interview. You need to prepare seriously. It goes without saying that luck is the result of the confluence of preparation and opportunity. Get down to prepare.
2. Master your CV
Remember that at this point the firm has already been with your CV for a while and at least one person on that panel would have gone through your CV. Master your CV and ensure that you have refreshed your memory to bring to the fore all the experience and the stories that have shaped and prepared you for this role. Know your own onions. The interview is your chance to demonstrate that you are the best fit for the role.
3. Stay aware
Be in touch with global relevancies and local happenings in different sectors that affect society. Stay aware of the issues that touch across the breadth of society. Many have, in interviews been asked to talk about hot issues that affect Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. It pays to stay in tune. Don’t go and present stale gist.
4. Be natural and composed
Ensure you get to the interview venue early. You need this to give yourself final preparation time, familiarise yourself with the venue and avoid the high cost of giving unwelcome traffic excuses.
Make certain that you are dressed professionally. The way you dress is still connected to the way you are addressed. Appear smart, attractive and with taste. Search for advice on how to combine colours with caution. Keep it simple. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer, and a good body language by all means. Research has shown that body language is more important than the actual words spoken in any communication setting. Body language is 55% of the active ingredients of the communication process.
Have a good sense of humour. If you can make quick, funny, and light-hearted clean jokes, it could endear you the interviewers, educing an effect that demonstrates that you are connectible. Part of the reasons for conducting interviews is to determine if you are indeed a very relatable person and not a robot. Nonetheless, this must not be overdone as you just might happen to be perceived as a comedian who should be trying to settle in the entertainment space.
5. Be Heard
When speaking, ensure that you are clearly audible.
It is said that people don’t listen to the most intelligent man in the room but the man that sounds and acts like he knows what is right. Don’t sound weak, sound confident and assertive. Albeit, be careful not to overdo it. Speak with grace, like the rare individual that you are. Sound polished and talk with finesse. Speaking excellently might not come naturally. So you do need to practice how to speak. Practice in front of a mirror, taking an audio recording and playing it back to for feedback. Ask your friends for honest feedback as well, when they listen to you.