Job interview Dos and Don’ts
January 30 2017, 0 Comments
A job interview can often be the hardest part of any job search, as it is usually the final hurdle you have to cross to get the job you’ve been dreaming about. Here are some essential job interview Dos and Don’ts to help you succeed in your next interview…
Be prepared – Make sure you research the history and the missions/visions of the company as well as their full portfolio of products or services, and keep up to date with the latest news stories surrounding the industry. Knowing as much as you possibly can about the company’s past performance and future plans will help you to better explain what value you can add to them.
Practice – Beforehand you should do a practise run of the interview with your friends or family, as this will make you feel more confident and will help you to rehearse some of your answers. Think up at least 5 things you want the employer to know and try and memorise these – this could include phrases such as: “I increased sales for Company X by 20%”. You could also look up some common interview questions for the job industry you are applying for, this will give you more of an idea about what questions to expect in the interview.
Dress appropriately – Wear clothes that are appropriate for the job that you are applying for. For example, an interview with a fashion magazine will require you to dress differently than for an interview with a bank. If you are unsure about what to wear you could ask the HR department, just to be on the safe side!
Bring copies of your CV – The interviewer may already have a copy of your CV, however there is a chance they might ask you for one and it might be useful if there are multiple interviewers that each of them have a copy. It might also be helpful for you to have a copy in front of you to refresh your memory of any skills or experience you might be asked about.
Listen carefully – Always listen carefully to what the interviewer has to say and don’t be afraid of asking them to repeat their question, there is nothing worse than answering a question that the interviewer didn’t ask. Also avoid interrupting the interviewer at all costs as this can show a lack of interest, be patient and wait for them to finish the question before answering.
Ask questions – Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask the interviewer once they have asked you all the questions that they need to ask. Pay attention during the interview as you will be able to link the questions that you have prepared to certain things that the interviewers have said. Asking questions will show that you are genuinely interested in the company and will show your eagerness to learn.
Follow up – It is always important to follow up the interview with an email to your interviewers within 24 hours. A simple thank you for their time and restating your interest in the position will be greatly appreciated.
Be late – Make sure you have your travel plans sorted well in advance and on the day make sure you give yourself plenty of extra time in case you get lost or stuck in traffic. If you are late you will lose focus and wont perform as well as you could have.
Be over-confident – Arrogance will not win the interviewer over. It is okay to be confident in what you are talking about but once you start acting as though you know it all and know you will get the job that’s when it crosses the line…and you certainly won’t be getting the job.
Lie – If you have exaggerated the truth on your CV it will come out in your interview. Make sure you are truthful otherwise the interviewer will catch you out and this will affect your chances of getting the job. Be honest about your experience and highlight the skills you have gained.
Bring up Salary or Bonuses – This might be important to you but if you are first to ask the question “So how much will I get paid”, it will look like this is all you are interested in. Wait for the interviewer to bring up the topic.
Stress out if you don’t know the answer to a question – The interviewer might throw in a curveball and ask you a question that you didn’t anticipate. It is okay not to know the answer to a question straight away, keep calm and give yourself a few moments to gather your thoughts, you don’t want to just blurt something out that you haven’t fully thought through.
Think the interview is over before you exit the doors – The interview begins from the moment you enter the building to the moment you leave, employees around the building may be aware that you are being interviewed so make sure you make a good impression to everyone you meet.
Forget to breathe! – Stay calm and remain positive throughout the interview, and remember that it is not the be-all and end-all. Although it will be disheartening if you are not successful you have got nothing to lose so you might as well give it your all!
Interviews can be a daunting process but if you are prepared, remain calm and enthusiastic throughout the process then there is no reason why you shouldn’t ace it! We hope these Dos and Don’ts have been helpful to you, and good luck for your interview!
Sophie-Anne Bradley writes for Student Job, a company that brings you into direct contact with organisations, whether you are looking for an internship to compliment your education or a graduate placement to start your career, we have a wide range of opportunities.