Job interviews can be some of the scariest things to face. You might love speaking to a crowd, but when you’re put in a room with a potential employer, the pressure can be immense.
We have compiled a list of five easy interview tips to help your next interview run as smoothly as possible and become your next job!
- Be punctual
If you’re late to an interview, it will already be off to a bad start. If they don’t cancel it before you arrive, you’ll have to strive even further to reach the bar set by the potential employer. To avoid this awkward situation, make sure that you are there at least 10 to 15 minutes before the interview. It shows that you are enthusiastic about the job and can be organised for the role.
When you’re getting ready the night before and setting alarms (particularly for a morning interview), make sure you take into account traffic conditions and the fact that you might get lost if it’s somewhere that you’ve never been before.
- Be prepared
Have copies of all important documents when you arrive for that important interview. Bring at least one extra copy of your resume, or more if you know that there are multiple interviewers.
On top of this, know about the company. Know their ethos and motto and know exactly what it is that you’ve got that you know that they’ll want. You can’t sell yourself if you don’t know your target audience.
- Dress the part
First impressions are lasting, so if you turn up to an interview looking a bit shabby – it’s going to stick. If you’ve made it to the top candidates in interviews but turn up looking a bit worse for wear (hungover is also a big no!), it’s going to severely impact your chances of getting the job.
Set out your clothes the night before and make sure you’re well prepared. Shine your shoes and iron your dress or shirt. Brush your hair and make sure it’s sitting neatly. While we’re at it, make sure you remembered to brush your teeth because there’s nothing more awkward than having something caught in them or having bad breath.
Of course, these are just visual tips to sway your interviewer in your favour before you “WOW” them with your skills.
- Be confident
What’s the best way to be confident?
When you first greet the interviewed, begin with a first handshake and eye contact. This will establish a connection. Throughout the interview, try to maintain a good level of eye contact. If you fail to keep eye contact, it will show that you’re nervous or disengaged, which might possibly put your chances of getting the job in jeopardy. Try to remain calm and slow your speech down a little bit, particularly if you tend to talk faster in stressful situations.
Finally, it’s so easy to fake confidence…Smile! Don’t do that awkward, fake laugh but laugh genuinely if the interviewer says something funny and smile when you talk about your achievements and what you would bring to their company. It shows passion and enthusiasm for your career and will take you far!
- Be direct (but not pushy)
Employers always ask the question at the end of an interview – “Do you have any questions for me?” This can be a make or break situation. Often, instead of pondering the question and replying “No” with a smile, the interviewee will flounder for a couple of minutes and ask an unrelated question. Walk into the interview with a list of questions.
If they haven’t mentioned salary, ask. There is nothing worse than leaving the interview and not knowing what your possible pay will be for the job. Maybe the interviewer simply forgot to mention it or maybe they were waiting to see if you had the confidence to ask. Either way, it’s important to have questions about the company. Try mentioning something along the lines of “I read that your company is doing [this], will my role have anything to do with that or have you considered trying [this]?”
Providing the potential employer with ideas for what you would do if you got the job is somethings a good option, but make sure you aren’t too pushy.
If they reject a question or skim over it, don’t push it too much. If the employer responds to your salary question with “How much were you looking at?”, don’t overvalue or undervalue yourself. Know what you’re worth but also be prepared to take a good deal if the job is right for you.