Before the interview:
• Research the company, so you’ll be ready for the question: “What do you know about this company?”
• To learn about the company culture you can read external company reviews.
• By re-reading the job description, look for skills the employer is looking for so you can align your skills to you meet these requirements.
• Practice your answers to common questions such as: “Why are you interested in this role?” or “What can you bring to this company?” etc.
• Prepare to be asked about previous job experiences. Think of giving examples on how you solved specific problems.
• Prepare a few smart questions relevant to the company or position you can ask during the interview.
• Make sure you have the appropriate outfit and the means to be well-presented when the interview comes.
• Make sure you know how to get to the interview in time (ahead of time if possible).
• Prepare to bring a copy of your CV and a small notebook with a pen to take notes.
During the interview:
• Be polite and treat everyone you encounter with respect.
• Have a confident, accessible body language, maintain eye-contact and smile frequently.
• Let the interviewer lead the conversation, don’t talk over them. Listen carefully and be interested in what the interviewer has to say.
• Be clear and concise with your answers and make sure they actually answer the questions you’ve been asked.
• If there is something you don’t understand, dare to ask in order to avoid any confusion.
After the interview:
• Always thank the interviewer for his time
• Ask what the next stage is
• If the position is offered to you right away, and you are not sure about it, you can politely ask for some time to consider the offer.
• Follow up with a thank-you e-mail within 24 hours of the interview, reiterating your interest in the position. (this also gives a chance to include details you might have forgotten to mention in the interview)