First impressions matter. An interview is an opportunity for you to make the right one. Here are some tips and tricks for acing your next interview.
Get to know the company: Prior to the interview, take some time to find out information about the company you are interviewing with.
Prepare some answers: Think of some answers to popular interview questions. Give extra thought to the questions you'd least like to be asked so you're not caught off guard.
Look presentable: Your attire should be professionally appropriate to the position in which you are applying.
Arrive on time: Ideally at least ten minutes early. When you arrive, state your name, the time of your appointment and the name of the person you are expecting to meet.
Be aware of body language: Aim to project poise and confidence with your demeanour. Greet each interviewer with a firm handshake at the beginning of the interview. Speak clearly and at a measured pace throughout and avoid fidgeting.
Be positive: A positive attitude can go a long way in an interview! Present your qualifications favourably and demonstrate your willingness to take on new challenges.
Ask questions: An interview is a chance for you to figure out whether the company is the right fit for you too! Have a list of questions in mind to ask.
Stand out from the crowd: Other candidates interviewing for the position will have similar abilities, employment and academic experience to you. Express the ways in which you stand out from your peers.
Follow-up: Send an email thanking your interviewers for their time, and reiterate your enthusiasm for the position.