10 Job Interview Tips
Hoping to impress in your next interview? This quick guide gives you ten interview tips to help you secure that dream job.
Job interviews can be stressful, but if you’re well prepared, it could be your chance to impress and secure that job you’ve been hoping for.
Before the big day, familiarise yourself with these ten quick fire tips. They might not be rocket science, but you can be sure that they’ll put you ahead of the other candidates.
It’s also worth pointing out that even if you know a few of the tips already it is definitely well worth reinforcing them.
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Do your research
It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll be asked specific questions about the company, so don’t neglect to do your research in advance.
Find out about the structure, its aims and objectives, recent financial performance, and anything else that could be relevant.
Wherever possible, research the industry too. You should be able to have a confident conversation about issues that the business might be facing.
It’s a bit like detective work really.
Prepare some answers to common questions
You’ll never know exactly what you’ll be asked, but you can make some fairly educated guesses. Questions about your strengths and weaknesses, for example, pretty much always come up, so think carefully about some great responses that you could make.
There’ll be a few that make you think on your feet, but the more prepared you are, the better!
Always listen carefully to the question
This is a bit like that one that your lecturers would always warn you about when you had an exam coming up. Just because you’ve heard certain keywords, don’t just regurgitate everything you know about that topic. Give a concise and clear response that actually answers the question that they’ve asked – not the one you think they’ve asked!
Don’t be scared to ask the interviewer to repeat the question if necessary as it could give you extra time to think too.
It’s easier said than done, but don’t stress too much! Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the venue, and if you’ve never been there before, consider a test run a few days prior so you know exactly how to get there and how long it will take.
Remember that the interviewers are just people too, and they might even be a bit nervous about asking you lots of questions.
Be mindful of your body language
It’s a bit like going on a date (apart from the flirting part). Don’t neglect the non-verbal signals that you’re giving.
Greet the interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake. Make good eye contact throughout, and maintain a good posture. Slouching in your chair certainly won’t get you the job!
Speak clearly and take your time
Most people are nervous when it comes to job interviews, but take your time and don’t rush your answers.
Speaking clearly and slowly is something that so many people fail to do in job interviews, yet it can do wonders for the interviewer’s impression of you.
Dress to impress
Always turn up to an interview smartly dressed, even if it seems like it could be quite a relaxed place to work. It shows that you’re professional and you’re taking the process seriously.
Avoid any heavy make-up or strong aftershaves and perfumes, and don’t wear anything that could offend someone.
Even if you hated that part-time job you did while you were at uni, don’t tell the interviewer this!
Speak about any previous roles and employers in a positive light, and always consider what you learned from the job rather than the things that you disliked on a day-to-day basis.
Also, even if it’s a job that isn’t part of your career plans you still need to act as such. The employer will most likely be looking for someone who will be a long term benefit to the company.
Prepare some questions
At the end of the interview, you’ll probably be asked whether you have any questions. This is your chance to find out more about the role and the business, so don’t miss the opportunity!
Mentally prepare around five questions. It might be the case that some of them are answered during the course of the interview, but you’re likely to still have some burning questions at the end.
If you can’t think if any then simply ask “is there anything else that you would like me to cover or explain in more detail to you.”
Don’t just leave the interview then hope for the best. Send a letter or an email thanking the employer for their time, and reiterating your interest in the role.
If they have a few candidates on their shortlist, a proactive approach could help you earn a few extra brownie points.
Following these tips, there’s no reason why you can’t get your dream job. And if you aren’t successful this time, just remember that it’s all experience and you can build on your knowledge for next time.
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