At The Interview

“It’s up to you to make it happen”

It’s now time for the interview and it’s up to you to make the interviewer want to hire you. Follow these tips and you should be starting your new job next week.

First things first, start with the basics these are tips every interviewee should already know. However, you would be surprised how many people forget the basic rules of an interview which can cost them the job. Don’t let this be you.

  • Always show up 15 minutes early.
  • Be well presented, confident and show an interest in the role.
  • Show an interest in the company itself and research it before the interview.
  • Think about questions you would like to ask your interviewee before your appointment.
  • ‘Sell yourself’ – Discuss achievements and experience in previous roles that may be relevant to the position.
  • Bring any additional information along with you if your interviewer has requested it.
  • Maintain eye contact and a good posture. Smile, speak clearly and be confident

Dress to Impress

Knowing what to wear on a job interview is a difficult thing to decide.

When you’re going on a job interview, your appearance is extremely important. When deciding what to wear on a job interview, take into consideration in depth the culture of the company. Is this a company where the employees wear suits every day or do they wear t-shirts and jeans? Read more ……

Helpful Tips and Pointers

  •  Make sure your clothes are clean. Obvious maybe, but nothing gives away the lack of attention to detail than dirty or messy clothing.
  • Make sure your clothing fits properly. If your trousers or sleeves are too long or too short then you’ll look awkward – which in turn will make you feel that way.
  • Don’t wear flashy jewellery. You’ll want the interviewer to pay attention to you.
  • Dress according to the season. Don’t wear a thick jumper in the middle of summer – it’ll make you feel awkward again and become off-putting to both yourself and the interviewer.
  • Don’t wear too much perfume or aftershave.
  • Make sure you have a nice, clean haircut that makes you look groomed.
  • For men, make sure you shave and keep facial hair neat and kept to a minimum.
  • Avoid articles of clothing with loud prints. It’s best to wear solid colours that flatter your skin tone.
  • For women, don’t overdo your makeup. Wear natural colours and try to avoid heavy eye shadow, eyeliner and bright colored lipstick.

What NOT To Do At An Interview

Some of these mistakes seem a bit far-fetched – but they have all happened. Avoiding these pitfalls and doing your best to impress could lead to the career break you’ve always wanted.

1. Criticising a Boss or Old Job.

You may be desperate to leave a role because you hate the job or employees, but talking about that in an interview is the last thing you should do! It comes across as very unprofessional and makes it appear to the interviewer that you can’t get on well with other members of staff or your bosses (even if you have perfectly valid reasons for wanting to leave).

2. Answering Calls or Checking Messages.

If you need to take a phone call during the interview for any reason then you should make your interviewer aware of this at the beginning. Otherwise your phone should ALWAYS be on silent at least – or ideally switched off. Checking your phone during an interview is a huge sign that you aren’t interested in the job or taking it seriously.

 3. Over-Selling Yourself

Job interviews are just as much about ensuring that the role is right for you as it is for your interviewer to make sure you are right for them. Some candidates do get too hung-up on overzealously selling themselves though – and this too can be off-putting for interviewers and employers.

4. Crying during an interview.

Believe it or not, harsh interview questions can make some candidates cry. As soon as tears fall the interview is over. No interviewer wants to hire someone who can’t keep control of their emotions under pressure.

5. Being Unprepared for the interview.

Believe it or not – some candidates think that they can attend an interview unprepared, turning up and charming the interviewer will be all they need to do. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that! Not researching the history, culture or brand of the company will make you look unprepared – and that you’re not interested.

6. Talking Themselves out of the Job

So many candidates go into an interview and set themselves up for failure. Whether it’s downplaying their skills or talking themselves out of the job, if you’re attending an interview,  be confident and be prepared. YOU deserve the job.

7. Saying ‘Yes’ to Everything

When candidates say, “Yes, I can do that,” to everything they are asked during an interview, Something is not quite right and a red light flashes in the interviewers mind. Sometimes, people have been searching for a job for so long that they’re desperate to show they can handle anything. But remember, every job is a learning curve. If you can do 95% of the role confidently, then don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to the 5% you can’t do.

8. Focusing on the Benefits.

Don’t ask about benefits such as salary, holiday etc at the beginning. Of course you need to know about all of these benefits before you can make a final decision – but focussing on these instead of demonstrating what you can bring to the company is an indication to them that you’re more interested in what you can get for yourself.

9. Lacking Company Research

The worst mistake someone can make at a job interview is not doing any research on the company. When they start asking questions about the business it is easy to tell who has done research and who hasn’t. An hour’s research could mean the difference between getting the job or wasting both yours and the company’s time.

10. Not preparing your own Questions.

A lot of people think that an interview will just involve them answering questions and fail to think of any to ask themselves. This is a big mistake – as the questions that you ask your interviewer can really demonstrate initiative and show that you are interested and committed to the role. Thinking up a few questions beforehand could very well push the result your way.

11. Making the Interview Too Much About You

When interviewing, you’re proving you can both do the job and bring something to the company. Don’t focus on how the job will be good for you or your career. It’s not about how good the job will be for YOU, It’s about how good YOU will be for the job and the Company.

12. Asking What the Company Does

There are candidates who have applied for roles with several companies and when arriving at an interview, completely forget what the company does. They attend an interview asking what the company does without having done any homework on the nature of the business. This will reflect badly on you as it shows you have no interest in the actual company or what they do.

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