Most interviews follow the same question structure, so Emma suggests preparing a few answers in advance. “Interviewers are always going to ask things like why you’d be a good fit for the role, or recalling a challenging situation and how you dealt with it, so make sure you’ve got those answers nailed, and that you’re super confident and relaxed.”
Emma also recommends using LinkedIn to do some research on who’ll be interviewing you; this will help you built rapport, make a connection, and stand out from other candidates. It’s also important to read up on the company, and make sure you know the position description back to front.
Once you’ve got some answers up your sleeve, practice them until they roll off the tongue. “You can actually record yourself on Zoom, so I always recommend setting up a meeting, just with yourself, and recording what you want to say,” Emma says. “Watch it back and if it doesn’t feel quite right, keep practising until it does. It might feel a bit weird but it will definitely help you feel more in control and less stressed on the day!”
To keep you on track, Emma recommends keeping a brief list of key points you want to mention, and questions to ask beside your computer. “Write it as a bulleted list; if you’re jotting down full sentences, it’ll make you sound stilted.”
Finally, plan: what you’re going to wear, whether you’ll be on your computer or tablet, and the best spot in your house to get set up.