I HAVE an interview coming up for a job as an office manager at a law firm.
I am so desperate to get the position, but I don’t have much experience of job interviews.
I’m a bit concerned I’ll say the wrong thing, or my nerves will get the better of me and I’ll end up either rambling or not being able to think of a single thing to say!
What is the most important thing I should do to prepare?
Sarah, 29, London
FIRST of all, Sarah, my congratulations on getting to the interview stage!
You evidently need to research both the job and the organisation.
Not knowing the ins and outs of a job is one of the worst blunders you can make and a number of popular interview questions are designed to assess your knowledge of the organisation.
Beyond that, it’s essential for you to create your own answers to potential questions.
Wherever possible, try to integrate real-life examples. Flagging up relevant examples from your own experience is an ideal way of reinforcing your points.
But don’t recite your answers parrot-fashion!
On the day itself, be confident and show your enthusiasm.
Confident people inspire confidence in others if you appear confident, the employer is likely to be more inclined to believe you can do the job.
One final point: late arrival is one of the top reasons cited by recruiters for their rejecting candidates.
THE key to prevent preinterview jitters is preparation. To convince a recruiter you are right for the role, you need to get it clear in your own mind why you are right for the role.
James Innes is the author of a number of best-selling careers books. They can be found here. He is also the founder of The CV Centre.