Prepare what you want to say and do in the interview
It’s perfectly normal for you to become nervous during an interview and forget some of your points, though this makes the preparation beforehand even more important. If you know the main things you want to tell the employer or recruiter in the interview then it will take away some of the stress on the day.
Key things to make sure you prepare include:
- talking through your CV to make sure you're comfortable explaining your skills and experience
- understanding the job description so you can answer any questions specifically about how you will fit the role
- answers to typical interview questions
- any technical equipment you might need, especially if it’s a video interview.
Preparing some questions that you want to ask in your interview is also a good way to impress the employer or recruiter. Check out the first Careers.govt.nz article below for some good tips.
If the role you’re applying for is Māori-related it may be necessary to prepare a short mihi (greeting speech). You might also be able to have your family there at the interview to support you. Some organisations’ may offer this to everyone regardless of whether they’re Māori or not.
Finally, think about how you are going to greet the employer in your interview. Body language is important, and starting confidently, for example with a strong handshake, is a good way to make you feel in control and come across as respectful.