Preparation before the interview
- Know the employer’s business; Put some time into reading and researching recent events surrounding the prospective company’s industry. Look for and learn their last quarterly or annual report.
- Clean up your Facebook/social media because they will look for anything that is out of place.
- Familiarise yourself with some interview questioning techniques - If the company is on Glassdoor you might pick up on some valuable tips through the interview experience of others.
- Know yourself - Spend some time to recount work that will help you craft your own personal story. Understand what value you bring to the table and let your passions shine.
- Check out the potential employer’s social media footprint, find out what they are talking about on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The day of the Interview
- Arrive 15 minutes early, turn up to reception with 5 minutes to spare. Use those 10 minutes in between to relax.
- Keep your resume, references and other necessary documents handy.
- Dress to impress - Find that sweet spot that shows you care about your appearance, but doesn’t scream out vanity.
- Make positive impressions with everyone you come across. The person that accidentally bumped into you on the MTR might be your interviewer!
- Power pose - Spend some time in front of the mirror and focus on how you are going to crush it.
In the interview room
- Body language is everything. Download Jobable's guide to learn more about its importance.
- Slow everything down, show a calm demeanour when faced with questions. Don’t be afraid to ask your interviewer to repeat a question again if you didn’t quite catch it the first time.
- Really listen, try not to worry about how to answer the next question or you might end up missing it!
- Remember why you are in the room in the first place. Your experience should already be suitable for the role, time to let your authentic self shine.
- Smile and be upbeat, any negative energy that you display will significantly hinder your chance of success.