As a contractor, it can be incredibly unnerving to attend an interview. Many people worry about the process and aren’t sure how to prepare accordingly. To help, we have come up with a list of our top 8 tips to help you prepare accordingly and perform well in your interview.
- Doing your homework is key
There’s nothing more embarrassing than having your interviewer ask you a question about their company which you don’t know the answer to. Make sure that before your interview you visit the company’s website and take a look around to get a strong feel of what it is they do exactly.
- Create a plan
Presentation is key at an interview. Make sure that you check your route, plan your journey, dress appropriately and arrive on-time for your interview. It’s also a good idea to try to arrive 15 minutes early, as this shows your commitment & reliability and it gives you a chance to relax and rest your nerves.
- Make your final preparations
If you are left to wait a short while in the reception, use your time wisely to get yourself organised. Make sure you switch your mobile phone off to avoid an uncomfortable interruption and try to take a few deep breaths and relax. Finally, if the company has left any publications nearby for you to view, take a look at these – they’ll remind you of what the company does and make you look genuinely interested.
- Be confident
When talking to your interviewer, try to strike a balance in between relaxed and overconfident. Speak clearly when asked a question and don’t interrupt your interviewer, and make sure to keep good eye contact throughout the interview.
- Ask questions
If something the interviewer says makes you want to ask a question, ask it! Wait for them to finish what they are saying so that you don’t interrupt them, then question them about what they’ve been talking about. Asking questions makes you look intrigued and perceptive, and it’s better to ask questions as they come to you rather than wait until the end of the interview.
- Try to clear up any doubts they may have
At the end of your interview, you might want to ask the interviewer if they have any remaining concerns or reservations about your skills. This way, you can attempt to sell yourself once more in a friendly and professional manner.
- Thank the interviewer for their time
It’s common courtesy to thank the interviewer for giving you the opportunity to attend an interview in the first place. Offer to shake their hand on the way out and make them aware that you look forward to hearing their feedback.
- If you’re unsuccessful, it’s not the end of the world
At this stage, you should hopefully have had a successful interview and walked away feeling confident with how it went. If everything didn’t turn out that great on the day though, don’t fret too much. You will be given feedback on how the interviewer thought the interview went, so pay attention to it and work on improving the weaker aspects of it for next time.
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