In years to come it’s likely that you will remember your first interview the most – they’re often very eye-opening experiences. Some people were born to be interviewed and others literally crumble under the pressure.
If you’re yet to have your first serious interview, then maybe you still don’t know which, if either, of these you are. Whatever your situation, interviews can be one of the most nerve racking experiences you can have.
Make your first interview a good one
The first thing that you should bear in mind is that you will get lost on the way to the interview. It is the typical thing to go wrong and is much more likely to happen when you’re nervous and going to a new place.
A good idea would be to arrive an hour early and sit in a coffee shop nearby. This eliminates the chance of being late and gives you time to check over what you want to say and what you know about the company.
Doing your research beforehand is more than just giving yourself an advantage. In your first interview, this doesn’t just mean researching the company and the job role you’re applying to - that’s a given! – but you also need to know what to expect.
Questions to answer before your first interview
If you’re getting nervous about your first interview, then make sure that you know the answer to these questions:
- Who will be present in the interview?
- What should I bring to the interview?
- What will the interview consist of?
- Is it a group interview?
- What are the typical questions to be asked in a job interview?
- How do I need to dress for this interview?
- What exactly would the position require of me?
- What’s my availability?
Many questions will (or should) be whizzing around your head for days before the interview itself, so make sure you can answer them all.
The easiest way to find the answer to many of these questions is simply to ask. It is perfectly acceptable to ask the recruiter or hiring manager exactly what the interview will consist of, who will be present, what will be expected of you and even what you should wear.
Having the confidence to ask, combined with expressing an interest in being prepared, will show that you are serious about the position.
You can also find out as much about the company beforehand on sites like Glassdoor. There you can find testimonials of past interviews with the company, as well as questions that are likely to come up.
Anything can happen in a first interview
It sounds like strange advice, but setting aside time to think about the worst case scenarios of your first interview could be a really good tactic to calm yourself during the interview. If you arrive with the image of a rude and aggressive bully, behind a big desk in a dark room, and on the day itself you’re greeted with a welcoming smile and a friendly character then you will immediately feel at ease.
And if the interviewer does turn out to be an awful then at least you’re prepared!
It’s very important that your first interview is a steep learning curve but it’s very important that you are prepared enough for it not to totally destroy your confidence.
Once lost, confidence is very hard to find again and it only takes one dreadful experience to put someone off interviews for life... no pressure!
Oct 26, 2017 by Matt
That's a good advice.posted 2 months ago by Leonard
However, it is very important not just to think, will you fit and comply, but to understand, what do YOU want from the next job. What do you vant to achieve and if the position will give it to you.
That will give you a stronger position on the interview and increase your chances to find a job that really fits you.
After the first interview, I'm expecting a job offer!posted 2 months ago by Alisher
Thank you for the adviceposted 2 months ago by Hayfa
Nice piece of work.posted 2 months ago by Joao
Thank you very much.posted 2 months ago by Andrew
Great advice! I have already worked on both sides (job applicant & recruiter) and people have really nothing to be afraid of. The recruiter is there to fill the role, therefore to help you unleash your potential and show the best of you! Don't be afraid of being honest and admitting that you might not have done enough research instead of trying to hide something.posted 2 months ago by Jitka
Great!posted 2 months ago by Mykola
Good advices!posted 2 months ago by Roland
great adviceposted 2 months ago by Madiha
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