The wait for a job interview can be a very nerving experience, but if you plan ahead this can eliminate a lot of the worry. Within this post I will be guiding you through and showing you some techniques that will help you ace the interview, giving you more opportunity to help you get the job of your dreams.

Presenting Yourself

The first impression you make on a potential employer is vital. The first judgement that will be made will be on the way you have presented yourself, but this can vary from different types of environments.

For example, if you were to have an interview in a professional environment this would differ from a high street retailer. The employer has to be able to picture you as part of their team, and this means dressing to suit their needs. Generally, for a professional environment you will have to dress smart. For men this means along the lines of a shirt, tie, suit jacket and suit trousers, paired with some smart shoes. For women this usually means a blouse, smart trousers or suitable dress (not too short, bright, or flashy.) For more of a casual business this will be less formal than a suit, but this doesn’t mean you can turn up in a t-shirt and jeans. Still keep it presentable.

Preparing for the Questions

The answers you give to your employer are vital. During the interview you’re showing them why it will benefit them to have you as apart of their team, and this means making sure that every answer you give is a strong one. This means doing your preparation before the interview to make sure you’re the best you possibly can be.

Re-reading the job description is extremely important so you know exactly what it is you’re applying for. You could print it out and highlight specific things the employer is looking for. By doing this you can impress them during the interview. Think about different things that you have done in the past that you may be able to relate to this. Whether this means applying it to past and current work, or things that you have done in your spare time. Prepare to be asked about this, and be able to tell stories with Situation, Task, Action and Result in mind.

Research the company so when the day comes you can go in feeling confident that you can answer any question that are thrown at you, and you have a solid understanding of the job that you’re applying for, and how your background will make you perfect for the role.

Think About the Questions You’re Going To Ask

When applying for jobs the employers will expect you to have questions for them, they do this because they want to know that you’re thinking seriously about the job. You must prepare at least two questions. This is to prove to your employer that you have drive, you’ve done your research in the role and it also show your interest in the position. But how do you come up with these questions to show you’re the candidate to hire? It’s important that when you’re conducting your research you take notes on any certain topics you’d like to ask about. The best type of questions are focused, open ended questions, so it gives the employer a chance to elaborate on what you’ve asked, if you can, avoid open ended questions.

Here are a few examples of questions to ask during a job interview that will help you appear more hireable.

What do you like most about working for this company?
What are the biggest opportunities facing the company right now?
Who do you consider your top competitor, and why?
Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job? 
Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?

Verbal Communication

The way you talk to your employer is just important as how you look. You need to make sure your first impression is a good one. Treat your employer with the utmost respect, as they’re the one that decides whether you get the job or not. You should also treat every member that you meet as if they’re the hiring manager. Make sure you’re polite and have a smile on your face, ensure to use manners whenever possible. You should manage your time efficiently and avoid rambling by letting the employer lead the conversation. Try and stay positive and avoid saying anything negative about previous employers.

Overall, you need to make sure you leave a lasting impression. Remain calm and confident, answer honestly and do the best you can do, don’t be too disappointed if you don’t get the job, it just leaves you with room to improve. Good luck and happy job hunting!