Interviews are always stressful, you don’t know if you can answer the questions sufficiently, what the person is like and if you can get the job.
Many people feel they have little control over the interview, having fears and just hoping to “get it done” with as quickly as possible.
A really good tip in order to influence the conversation, feel more confident and to improve your interview chances dramatically, is to bring some of your work examples to the interview. It might sound strange – but it really does the trick.
For example, if you are a Project Manager, print out a project plan (or report or schedule) and bring it to the meeting. During the interview, you can talk about your project management experience and back this up by showing those examples.
Your work examples should be related to the advertised role. It could be an extract from a training course you’ve developed, a marketing plan you have written, a process diagram you’ve worked on, a requirements management plan you wrote – really anything. Just make sure you apply the following:
- Examples needs to be related to the advertised role
- Make sure you don’t bring 100s of pages. A couple of pages generally will do, extracts are fine
- Remove or cross out any confidential data
- Make sure the font is not too small – you interview partner need to be able to see and read some of the information during the interview
- Diagrams / tables work well
- Print it out in color
- Have a small, new folder which you can use to present your examples in
- Treat this as your “work portfolio folder” – which you can decide to leave behind
Advantages for you:
It will calm your nerves during the interview, because you can talk from your experience. If you get stuck – just look at your portfolio folder and continue. You take control of the conversation and can demonstrate your abilities and skills. Plus – you will stand from the crowd as not many candidates will bring examples.
Advantages for your interview partner:
He or she can see that you have done a similar role before and have the required work experience, which they need to fill the role. This will give them confidence when they need to decide on a candidate for a role.
What do you think about this tip? Do you think this will help you in your interview? Please let me know.