At interview, there are some things that are truly down to luck. You can’t control your chemistry with the interviewer or their mood on the day. But there are a few simple factors that could turn you from one of many candidates to a sure fire top choice.
This St. Patrick's Day, take a look at a few easy tips that may give you the luck of the Irish in your next interview!
1. Turn up on time
This is the easiest thing to get right, but a common complaint for interviewers. Make sure you know where you’re going and where you can park when you get there. Give yourself plenty of time and if you are going to be delayed by more than 5 minutes, inform the company as early as you can and if appropriate, ask if you need to reschedule. Don’t keep them waiting.
2. Dress to impress
Dress for the role you want, not the role you have. This doesn’t mean turning up dressed as Batman. Dress appropriately based on your research of the company. If in doubt, just make sure you are smart and presentable, and keep any piercings, tattoos and jewellery to a minimum. Pride in your appearance will also improve your confidence. First impressions are everything!
3. Say cheese!
The first couple of minutes of your interview are crucial. Your appearance and attitude in this first impression can make or break your chances! Always make eye contact with your interviewer, or with the panel of interviewers. Smiling will make you look less nervous, which will help you be less nervous! Even the art of small talk is worth practising, as this will give an insight into you personality, and these people are going to have to work with you!
4. Before and after
Do not think the interview starts in the meeting room. Be aware of how you act in the waiting room. Look interested and pick up a company brochure. Don’t slouch reading your phone and yawning. You don’t know who could be standing behind the reception desk! Last year, a candidate for interview severely regretted telling a fellow commuter a few choice words when he later discovered it was the head of recruitment for the business…
5. Explain your job move positively
People leave jobs for one hundred reasons. Yours may have been that your boss was a nightmare, or the company was a shambles, or maybe you just want more money. Don’t say this. Always be positive about your previous role and company, and use the interview to build yourself up, not knock others down. No one likes a complainer!
6. Stay focused
Always lead your answers back to the questions the interviewers have asked. What are they really trying to find out about you? Don’t be afraid to take a moment to think – you don’t have to rush into a garbled answer. Remaining calm and to the point will show the interviewer that you can cope under pressure. Prepare yourself to be asked about weaknesses and use it to talk about personal growth.
7. Follow up
You may leave your interview thinking ‘that’s it. All I can do is wait.’ But this isn’t strictly true. If you have been promised a response and haven’t received it, contact the company and ask! As long as you’re polite and brief, you won’t annoy anyone. Most likely, the hiring manager will be impressed by your level of interest and perseverance.
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