How to succeed in an interview – first time
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Job interviews are something we will all have to do at different stages in our careers, but that’s not to say we always want to. Yes, we want that promotion and yes we want to land that awesome dream job, but sitting in front of prospective employers, being asked to explain our strengths, weakness, goals and aspirations can be a nerve racking experience… to say the least.
As we come to the end of 2015, and close the chapter on the year that was, many of us are preparing for what’s to come in 2016. New goals, new aspirations and for some of us, landing that new job. What we don’t want you to do is take a gamble. Don’t fluke it. Go one better. Be prepared, be on the ball and secure yourself that dream position.
To assist in your preparations, here are 10 tips we recommend that will help you succeed in your interview and make you stand out against your competition. Now go get them!
1.) Look the part:
Whether we like it or not, first impressions count. Even though it sounds cliché, you need to dress to impress. Dress the way you would if you were attending your first day of work for the business. If they have a business uniform, wear something similar in colour, fit and style. When in doubt, dress a little more formal than you think is necessary. Keep your look clean, simple and tidy. After all, they say it takes just 3-7 seconds to judge someone on first appearance. Yikes!
2.) Do your homework:
Whatever you do, don’t rock up to the interview without an understanding on what the business does, or you’re going to end up looking like a bit of a dill. Future employers want to know that you are familiar with their business and that it’s a place you have applied to work, for a reason. Find out what makes their business different to their competition, how long they have been established and what they do for the community. Find a reason why you feel you would fit in well with the organisation and what beneficial skills you could bring to the table.
3.) You can ask questions too:
A mistake many people make in an interview is just to wait for a question to be asked to start conversation. Try preparing some genuine questions of you own. Nothing personal, or vague, but questions that will show you have a valid interest in the company and the way they operate. Try asking a question and see if you can offer your skill set as a solution. A good example of this would be; is there a problem that your staff is facing at the moment and would I be in a position to help you resolve this? This gives the employer the opportunity to assess your skills against the needs of the organisation and envision you in the role.
4.) Don’t be late:
This one is pretty simple and self explanatory, but you would be amazed at how many people turn up late to an interview. Factor in time for things to go wrong – because we all know traffic, queues, and well life is unpredictable. If you’re early, go and enjoy a coffee but make sure you are there, ready to roll at least 10-15 minutes before the interview was scheduled to begin.
5.) Clean up your social media:
When applying for a job, be really mindful of what you are posting on social media, because your future employer is very likely to check this prior to your interview. Make sure there is no offensive language, inappropriate images or anything distasteful associated with your accounts. If there is, remove it.
6.) Be the enthusiastic one:
Even though the nerves may kick in as you walk into the interview room, try to be yourself and demonstrate confidence. Offer a firm handshake, speak with interest and positivity and try to communicate clearly, and look your interviewer in the eye. Make note to something you like about the organisation and be prepared to answer the question of why it is you like it.
7.) Be specific with your answers:
When you’re asked a question under pressure, it’s easy to waffle on a little. Try and listen to exactly what is being asked and be specific in your response. Use examples to help clarify your answers. For example, if an employer asks why you chose to study a diploma course online, give them the reasons why. It allowed for flexibility, continual support and offered you a valuable set of skills that would be beneficial to their business. Make sure you understand what is being asked and don’t be afraid to ask for further clarification.
8.) Organisation is key:
Before you arrive at your interview, try and be a little organised with what you are going to present. Have a copy of your resume handy, along with any certificates, qualifications or documents that will support the education and training you have completed. Even if you are not asked for them during the meeting, it’s better to have them with you, then to explain you forgot them. Not a great look.
9.) Practice what you are going to say:
Yes it sounds corny, but practice makes perfect. Go over what you are going to say. What kinds of questions will you ask? What do you really want to know about the company you could potentially be working for? Another tip is to prepare for the ‘what are you weakness?’ question. It is bound to come up. Make sure you’re honest and explain something you haven’t mastered just yet, but are working on. Be honest and positive and chances are your employer will appreciate your sincerity.
10.) Make sure you follow up:
Make sure you follow up with you employer, post interview. Not straight away, but in the days that follow. Be it through email or a phone call, thank them for their time and recap your interest in working for their company. This is your last chance to promote yourself and remind them of why you’re the person for the job.
Interviews are always going to be a little unpredictable, but it’s best to be as prepared as you can, so that you project the best version of yourself to your potential employer(s). You’ll be less nervous and chances are you’ll come across more confident.
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