No matter how confident or well researched you are, nerves may always be a part of any interview. It is completely normal to feel nervous and in fact studies show that the more humane you come across the more you will demonstrate if you are right for the job.
Confident or not, here are some key points to consider when communicating which may make you shine above the rest….
Do your research
When meeting with a potential employer they will be interested to know how much you actually know about their company. You really should be able to understand their culture, growth plans, financial news and history. Knowing the headcount size isn’t really enough. Demonstrate that you have done your homework by reciting some facts and figures and show you understand their services/products.
Demonstrate your achievements
In today’s market employers are going to take their time in looking for the right person. With costs conscious businesses, investing in the best person for the job is key. You may be one of many attending an interview so ensure you stand out.
Being able to measure your success by examples will be more valuable than providing phrases, which tell the employer what you have done. If you feel that your management skills are a real strength, then you may wish to explain how you led a team and perhaps how they achieved high results compared to previous performances.
Promoting your skills
Your CV is a snapshot of your working history and credentials and it isn’t always possible to fit everything you have achieved on there. Even if you have taken a career break to raise your family you will probably have been acquiring skills along the way without even realising. For example, apart from working in a corporate environment, you will may be involved with groups at school, church, volunteering for organisations etc. They all require a level of skill when making a contribution, so remember what these are and have on you CV and on a list to hand when preparing for your interview. Again, if you haven’t a specific skill required for the job i.e systems, projects etc, think of a scenario to demonstrate a comparable example where you can confidently transfer the experience.
Smile and be positive!
Did you know, that a positive attitude and ability to smile, can often sway an employees decision to hire, even if there are candidates who have more skills for the job? In this climate, businesses need people they can rely on and are willing to add value to their role. If the role offers flexibility this is your chance to offer willingness and in return create a role that provides you with the balance you are looking for.