Do you have a job interview? Check out these great tips!
Most of us have been through them at some point in our lives.
It’s the time when our confidence, wits, skills and, sometimes, self esteem are put firmly to the test.
Some are harder than others but at the end of the day, there are always three things that people want to know when it comes to job interviews.
What to do before an interview, what to do during an interview and what to do after an interview.
Here’s a very useful checklist that should give you just the springboard you need:
Before the interview
a) Do your research. Go on their website and find out who they are, their background and, more importantly, their services.
b) What you can bring to the table. Look at the job description again and make sure you’re clear on the skills or expertise that you can bring to the table.
c) Be smart. It doesn’t matter what role it is, it is absolutely vital that you wear the right, smart clothes to a job interview. A messy appearance is the easiest mistake to make for many.
d) Get there early. Make sure you plan your trip properly and it’s better to be early than late or even on time but stressed or fatigued. Check your journey beforehand to ensure you get there with time to spare.
e) Be interested. Always have the right questions to ask the interviewer. When they ask you if you have any questions for them, it’s always good to have questions ready. Be interested in their company and ask them about their biggest successes and the prospects for employees within the company.
During the interview
a) The way you act around others. This may seem obvious but you’ll be surprised how little things body language and courtesy can sway your chances of getting the job. Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet starting from your journey to the interview. Obviously, being rude is never advisable but sometimes forgetting things like please and thank you can be the difference. Also, make eye contact with the interviewer, shake hands firmly and only sit when they ask you.
b) Include everyone. If you happen to speaking to more than one person about a job, make sure your comments are addressed to everyone - including a whole panel.
c) Don’t look over confident. Being confident is very important and a worthy skill but it’s so important that you don’t get too carried away. For example, don’t tell any jokes or make too many funny comments.
d) Give examples. Try to give examples of how you dealt with certain situations in your previous job when they ask you about possible scenarios within the job.
3) When they will let you know. Always remember to ask what happens next in the interview process or when you can expect to hear back from them.
After the interview
a) A time of reflection. The hard part is done but there are still some things you can do. Reflect on what was asked of you and if there are any situations you could have perhaps handled better for next time.
b) Courtesy again. Show your courtesy skills again by sending a short thank you message to the recruiter or maybe the interviewer.
c) Radio silence. Don’t be embarrassed to ring or email the recruiter if they haven’t got back to you. Obviously, don’t call them the next day and only do so if it’s been a fairly long time without any word.
d) Feedback. If you didn’t get the job, always remember to try and get some feedback. This will help you in your next job interview.