A job interview can be one of the most nerve wracking experiences of your life. It doesn’t really matter if it is for your dream job, or just a stop gap, the interview will have so much riding on it that you can’t help but be nervous and worried about saying the wrong thing.
TMI Resourcing is currently running a campaign looking at key tips for your job interview and have asked me to come up with some of my key tips. I can look at this from both angles, both as an ex employer who conducted many interviews, and from the point of view of being interviewed.
Here are some points that may help you cross the line and get that job!
This may seem like a no brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people have turned up late for a job interview. This is the worst possible start, because as well as the fact that lateness can equate to rudeness, it also leaves you ruffled, rushed and panicked before you have even got through the door.
If you are traveling by public transport, then do a dry run journey to see how long it takes, the same works if you are driving. In the unlikely chance that there is an emergency that will lead to a delay, inform the company at the earliest opportunity so they can interview around you.
The first impression you make is the one you make without even opening your mouth. This is your appearance – what you wear, your make up and your hair. You need to look like you’ve made the effort, and for most jobs this means smart attire. If you opt for a suit, make sure it is pressed and fits well, a creased, rumpled appearance is not a good impression. Keep make up minimal, facial hair neat and hair clean.
Some jobs may not require a suit, particularly if you are working in a creative/arty environment, but again, look like you have made an effort.
Answer Those Questions
When the interview starts you need to make sure you are answering the questions. This means listening carefully and not jumping straight in with answers, but taking a minute to think. If you are unsure of the question, ask the interviewer to repeat it. Speak clearly and make eye contact when you are talking, and smile – you are not on death row, not matter how nervous you may be feeling.
Have some questions ready
Having a couple of questions to ask at the end of the interview can show your interest and engagement, and can show that you’ve done some research about the role and the company. This may be the one thing that puts you ahead of your rivals.
Ask for feedback
If, at the end of the interview it doesn’t go your way, make sure you ask for feedback that you will be able to take into your next interview. Constructive feedback will be useful to you and help you to address any issues in a way that could make you the winning candidate next time around.