6 Interview Tips to Help You Secure that Role
The best way to prepare for a job interview is to do your research.
As the country continues to reopen, the number of active job seekers will grow. While the workplace environment has changed, the matter of securing employment has not. Here are some tips to be successful in the process…
1. Research, Research, Research
If you’re applying for a job, it’s generally a good idea to know something about the company you’re applying to. Many of us just look at the job posting and leave it at that. An interviewer will want to know why you want to join the company so make sure you look into who you’re applying to. Visit their website, look at their social channels and products and make sure you know who they are and what they stand for.
2. Ask Smart Questions
You’ve reached the end of the interview and the interviewer asks ‘do you have any questions for us?’. Take the opportunity presented to you and ask them something you’ve prepared beforehand. Questions like “Why do you like working here?” or “What challenges is the company facing as a whole that a successful candidate could help with?” show interest in the company as a whole and make you seem like a team player.
3. Do Your Prep
You’re going to face some common interview questions so prepare your answers beforehand. Don’t sound too robotic as if you’ve learnt them by heart but make sure you hit on your selling points. Remember to talk yourself up too! Don’t be ashamed of highlighting achievements and successes in your previous roles.
4. Turn Negatives into Positives
You probably don’t have all the experience and desirables laid out in the job posting. Don’t worry, it’s rare that people do! It does mean that the interviewer may address it in a bid to separate candidates. So prepare your response of “I know you may be thinking that I might not be the best fit for this position because [their reservation]. But you should know that [reason the interviewer shouldn’t be overly concerned].
5. Have a Copy of Your CV
The Hiring Manager might have seen your CV but that doesn’t mean that the interviewer has. Bring a copy just in case and refer to it during the interview if necessary. It’s a nice way to show that you’re prepared and organised!
6. Dress to Impress
It sounds obvious but dress for the job that you want. A nice, clean, professional-looking appearance can give you a nice confidence boost. And don’t forget to brush your teeth!