How to Smash Your Interview Day
November 15 2019 , 0 Comments
“If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?”
No idea? Do not worry. Whether it’s your first interview or your tenth, the process of applying to jobs can still be daunting. It is a great idea to prepare for an interview, and this article gives you the top tips for your interview success.
If you are reading this blog, then you have probably already submitted your CV and cover letter, hurray! If not, check out our CV tips to help you get to the interview stage.
Before your Interview
Check you want the job. It could be a waste of time if it turns out the company or role isn't for you. Research the company; who they are, what they do, where they are based, anything and everything! If you are enthusiastic about getting the job offer, then you should be prepared with questions to ask, this is also a great way to find out the missing information.
Read through your application to make sure you know what is included. One of the worst things you can do is to forget everything you have ever done, and that half of the CV you sent in is made up! It is common for people to exaggerate their skills BUT interviewers will be able to tell what is right and what isn’t, so bluffing your CV is not recommended. If you get the job, you don't want them thinking you are fluent in Finnish, know every bone in the body and have been to the Met Gala - although if you have, then congrats! Also, it is a good idea to know what's on your CV so you know interesting points to develop on and understand what they could be referring to.
On the Day
Not sure about what to wear? Knowing how to dress appropriately is a crucial step to interview success. If you turn up in wrinkled and casual clothes to a smart office, this will not be the ideal start. Make sure you look like you want to make an excellent first impression, so it’s always a good idea to ask about the dress code when you get the offer. If it is a skype interview or phone interview, then still dress smart! It sounds silly, but if you rush out of bed to answer the phone, you may still feel half asleep and be far less enthusiastic than if you had got up and changed.
Next, be on time, aka to be EARLY! No more than 15 minutes early, no less than 8 minutes early, but 10 minutes is the best. Don’t be too early that the interviewer is midway through doing something, but, being too late also gives the impression of poor time management. Another top tip is to make sure you have eaten something. Sometimes nerves can make you not want to eat, but eating is better than having your stomach rumbling the whole time.
During the Interview
When you are greeted, start with a firm handshake and smile! Your body language tells a lot about your personality, and the first 60 seconds can make a huge influence on the whole interview.
An interview is meant to be a two-way street, listen and answer but also ask your planned questions. Check out the hardest interview questions to help you prepare, so you are ready for the odd questions. Also, make sure you enjoy the interview, take time to answer questions and make notes if needed.
If it is a group interview, one of the best tips is to engage with the other candidates. If you seem friendly and approachable, the interviewers will pick up on your efforts to interact with others. Make sure you don’t come across cocky but make sure your voice is heard!
After the Interview
Some companies accept many applicants through to the interview stage, so don't be disappointed if they don’t offer/reject you straight away. Hopefully, at the end of the interview, they will give you a timescale for how long their feedback will take, but if not, this is something you could always ask. If you don’t hear from them within a suitable time, contact them to see if they have any news.
Just remember, be confident, go in there with a smile and be yourself, and you are sure to ace your interview. Good luck!
Written by Rebecca Hart, an Online Marketer at StudentJob UK. If you are looking for a job but not sure where to start, then check out StudentJob. Our application tips will help you create an effective CV, cover letter and help you smash interviews!