Job interviews can be very nerve-wracking experiences; they’re usually the last component of multiple stages you have to go through before finding out if you’ve been successful in getting the job. With the current economic climate forcing large numbers of people to compete for very few jobs, it’s now even harder to make a great impression.
So how do you go about standing out from the crowd? Before you even get to the interview stage, you have to jump through several hoops, comprising of excellent CV, outstanding covering letter, and possibly even a telephone interview, or aptitude tests.
Read on for tips on how to make a lasting impression that’ll guarantee you receive a job offer…
Do The Revision
Upon finding out you’ve been offered an interview with your chosen company, you should ensure you get on their website and fully brief yourself about the company; how long they’ve been established, what exactly they do, how they’ve progressed over the years, and anything else you can think of. If you show good knowledge of the company in your interview, you’re likely to be taken more seriously. The interviewer will know that you’re definitely interested in working for them, rather than just applying because it’s something to earn you some money.
Before the interview, you may wish to think of some possible questions you’re likely to be asked. Ask a friend or your parents to give you a mock interview, and get them to give you constructive feedback on your performance. Ask them to check you make eye contact, smile, and avoid saying ‘erm’ too much. Remember to ask questions yourself. An interview is supposed to show how you interact with the interviewer; it doesn’t have to consist of you answering 50,000 questions robotically. Think of some questions you’d like to ask about the company. Perhaps you could ask if there will be any opportunities for progression within the company. This kind of question will show that should you be successful, you’re willing to stay with the company for a long time, and progress your career through them. This will prove to the employer that they’re making a good investment by hiring you and training you.
Preparation is the key to ensuring that your performance on the day will really shine. On the morning of the interview, make sure you eat a good breakfast (you don’t want your tummy to rumble). Put on your smartest outfit; if it means buying a suit a few days before, do it. Suits are a great investment; who knows, you may even be required to wear one should you get the job.
Make sure you leave the house with plenty of time to spare; showing up late does not create a good first impression. If you arrive early, sit in a coffee shop for twenty minutes; arriving early is far better than turning up looking harassed and sweaty faced.
Make a good first impression
Remember to shake the interviewer’s hand, smile and take a deep breath. Don’t rush through your answers. If you don’t understand something, ask them to re-phrase the question. As long as you’ve practiced the type of question you’re likely to be asked, you shouldn’t be fazed. Remember to include an example relating to past experiences to help back up your answers. This can be something as simple as ‘I regularly played for my University’s football team’; this shows that you can work successfully in a team, a quality many employers look for.
Show an active interest in the company, make sure you smile and hold eye contact with your interviewer, and keep a relaxed open body language. If you follow these tips, there’s no reason why you won’t receive positive news a few days later.
Should you be unsuccessful in any interview, there’s no harm in asking the interviewer for feedback on your performance; you can learn a lot from their advice and use it in future interviews.
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This guest blog was contributed by Shauna Willis, a freelance writer who aims to make your search for jobs direct and straightforward as possible.