Many people find job interviews the hardest part of the job hunting process. While it can be difficult talking to a stranger about why you are the best person they will be able to find for the role, it is usually vital that you succeed in this respect.
The saving grace for those who struggle with interviews is that those on the other side of the desk often see the same mistakes over and over again. Avoid blunders with these interview tips, and you might find your next interview is the one that nets you your dream job!
Going in blind
It’s true what they say – failing to plan is planning to fail.
Do your research on the company and the role, as you don’t want to be caught out not knowing what the people across the table actually do. At a minimum you should browse the company’s website and social media profiles, but you can go further and find mentions of the company in the news, and research their big clients too. And if you seriously want to impress, research a recent project that the company undertook and get them to discuss it!
First impressions count for a lot, so in some ways, what you wear can be almost as important as what you say.
Dressing too formally is generally better than dressing too casually – having said that, you might want to dress down a little if the company is a tech startup or in a non-professional setting. Try to avoid overuse of jewellery and makeup, and cover tattoos as best you can.
Lack of confidence
Not normally a confident person? In an interview, you have to be.
You’re required to demonstrate your knowledge and experience to impress your future employers, so giving one-word answers while staring at the floor won’t do. While you shouldn’t overdo it, you definitely need to put forth the notion that you are the best person for the role.
Develop your thoughts, keep nothing back, smile and make eye contact. It makes all the difference.
Not asking questions
Almost every interview involves the words, “Have you got any questions for us?”
The worst answer you could give to this question is, “No.” Always try to have something in mind to ask the interviewer – it could be something practical such as, “What are the opportunities for promotion in this position?“, or something more personal like, “What do you love most about working here?”
Note that now is not the time to ask for time off, more money or a change in your working hours – that can wait.
Letting them forget about you
You can flub even the best interview days after it took place, simply by not following up. As your future employers are whittling down the shortlist of candidates, they’ll favour those who get in touch with them to say thank you for taking to time to see them. A personal, hand-written note makes a great impression, but even a quick email is better than nothing.
As challenging as interviews can be, you shouldn’t have to undergo too many to get a lot of job opportunities in return – as long as you’re properly prepared and do a good job of showcasing your skills. Are there any more job interview tips you can share? Feel free to leave a comment and we might cover your topic in a future post!