Posted 05/12/2018 11:32am
Applying for jobs and being called into interviews can be a stressful time when you’re the candidate. Sometimes you feel as though the interview isn’t going your way but you keep hoping for the best. So, in order to improve your chances of getting hired we’ve compiled some of our best interview tips.
It’s worth finding out a little bit about the company that you’re hoping will hire you. What is their culture within the business, do they have an ethos that they stick to? Try and find out information that you can use in order to become their perfect candidate. Also, you can use this research to tailor your answers to any questions that may be asked.
Appearances matter when you’re heading into an interview. Most businesses require their employees to be looking smartly dressed, usually smart-casual. However, don’t risk dressing down too much at the interview stage as it could give the wrong impression of you. By sticking to formal clothing, such as a suit, during the interview will give a professional first impression that could lead to you getting hired.
Ask follow up questions to some of the points being made, that way it shows you’re paying attention and are interested in the business and the position you are being hired for. It also shows that you’re willing to learn more and want to know everything there is before starting there.
You may be following along with the interview and are remembering things well, however, if you’re taking notes it’ll show the interviewer that you’re paying attention. This can show that you’re paying attention to detail which can also make a good first impression.
Don’t completely fill your conversations with technical talk, but dropping the odd piece of industry jargon in here and there can make a good impression. Show the interviewer that you’re aware of the terms used in the industry you’re going in to.
Most interviews consist of the “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” type of questions. Remember to base your answers to this around how this job will help with your career progression and how you want to move forward while being a part of the business. This will make the employer believe that you’ll be staying on with the business and that it’s worth hiring you.
While it’s important to be professional while being interviewed, the interviewer wants to know what you’re like as a person and whether you’ll be a good fit with the current team. By showing some of your true personality it can help them to understand what you’re really like. If you’re being too formal when interviewed, they may not hire you for the position if the current workforce is fairly relaxed and easygoing. You need to strike the right balance between being too formal and being too much of your true self.
Interviews can be tricky to get right, between what to wear, what knowledge to have and how relaxed you should com across. Just focus on being yourself and letting your personality come across to the interviewer.
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