I thought about writing a ‘new year, new job’ themed post for January… but I figure you’ve already seen quite a few of those this month.

So today I’d like to share some advice for interviews.

Chances are you’ve been to a few interviews before so you know all this stuff.

However, if it’s been a long time since you’ve sat in the interviewee chair or you’re feeling a little unsure, here are a few tips I hope you find useful.

Preparation is key

Make sure you’ve read the organisation’s website, thoroughly. Know something about their products, services and competitors. Get familiar with recent campaigns, check out their social media and do a search for any recent news articles.

Find your interviewer on LinkedIn and get familiar with their experience.

Preparation will not only make you feel calm before the interview, it will help you ask intelligent questions.

Armed with examples

Use the job description to prepare examples of your previous work experience that might be relevant for the role.

Perhaps the most powerful tool in an interviewee’s arsenal is examples of work they’ve already done that the prospective employer has on their previous experience ‘wish list’.

Interesting and interested

While it’s crucial to clearly demonstrate your experience and interesting examples of your work, it’s also really important to come across as interested in the opportunity.

Make sure you have a list of questions ready – about the role, the organisation, the team or even the challenges that lie ahead. It doesn’t matter how simple or straightforward your questions are – what matters is that you ask questions.

Interviews are a two-way street

Yes, the interviewer wants to know if you’re the best person for the role, but at the same time, this is your opportunity to figure out if this is the role you want and if you’d be happy working with this organisation and team.

You might be willing to jump through hoops to get offered the job, but don’t forget to explore how the job ticks the boxes on your wish list.

Interview style

If you can, find out what style of interview to expect. Some people have a very formal Q&A style, others are more conversational.

Some interviews will seem more like a chat about your career history and others will be all behavioural style questions ie “tell me about a time when…”. If you can’t find out in advance, go prepared for behavioural style questions.

Finally, relax and be yourself.