Taking the time to write a winning Australian resume helped you land a job interview in a national company. Now, you are a step closer to fill the position you want.
Before you start to feel anxious or nervous, spend some time preparing yourself to meet the interviewers.
“The thing that kills anxiety for me is being well prepared – by reading, by rehearsing cognitively in my head, and as much as possible in the real world,” said Victor Sojo, from the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne, in an article.
The following are some tips to assist candidates in preparing for a job interview and nailing it – even if English is not their first language.
-Do your homework. There are no excuses these days to skip the researching part. Do not only read the ‘about tab’ on the company’s website, but check annual reports, blog posts, articles, and social media. Go through the job description again and think about how your skills and achievements fulfil the selection criteria.
-Practice in front of the mirror or with someone you trust. After looking into the companies records and reflecting on your abilities, you may anticipate what interviewers will ask you. Then, you can rehearse answers to some of those questions. You can also find sample job interview questions on The University of Sydney’s blog.
If English is your second or third language, it is an opportunity to make sure your speech is coherent.
According to British Council’s Megan Oliver, “individuals tend to speak faster when nervous, so by practising speaking slowly and clearly during the role play, you will feel more relaxed and confident during the actual interview.”
Being punctual and dress accordingly. While researching, you should also learn about the company’s dress code and check routes you can take to be there on time. Arriving 30 to 15 minutes earlier is a way to avoid extra stress. These simple steps may have an impact on how people will perceive you, as well.
Be the best version of yourself. Smile and be courteous to everyone, starting from the reception area. Make eye contact and demonstrate how confident you are with your posture and body language.
Psychologist Dr. Albert Mehrabian said that 55% of people communication happens with non-verbal behaviours, 38% with the tone of voice, and 7% with spoken words.
For those who aren’t fluent in English, it can help to boost self-assurance. “It’s unlikely that your interviewer will penalise you for pronouncing a word incorrectly. By ensuring that you speak with confidence during the interview, you can make a positive impression”, declared Olive.
Answer questions concisely and precisely. Think about what you’re going to say. Pay attention to everything said to you and try not to reply using memorised responses.
For behavioural questions, you may consider adopting the STAR model. You present a Situation, talking about the Task assigned to you, the Actions you took to accomplish it, and the Results you’ve achieved.
Ask relevant questions. Most of the time, candidates will be invited to make a few questions. It is another chance they have to impress interviewers. By using the information they gathered or sharing the knowledge they gained from previous experiences, applicants can reveal some interpersonal skills and show how well-prepared they are.
Follow up. Writing a thank you email after the interview is an indication of your interest in the position. You can keep it simple, saying that you look forward to hearing from them.
Seek feedback. Sometimes, things won’t turn out as you expected, though you can still learn from the experience. You may ask interviewers if they could point out the aspects you need to improve, or why they didn’t choose you. It may help you expand your networking and leave doors open for future opportunities. Are you feeling confident about your interview?