Almost everyone has had an interview or is going to have an interview in their lives, but they never become less stressful. What do you do? What do you say? You could be the most experienced person and still question yourself when it comes to being interviewed. Below we have listed our top 5 interview tips that will bring you success!
This may seem like an odd subheading and pre Covid we probably wouldn’t have had it, but here we are in 2021 where interviews don’t necessarily mean face to face. Zoom calls and telephone calls are now a popular choice with employers.
Face to face. These interviews will normally take place at the place of work, you will usually be interviewed by up to 3 people. Be prepared to do some scenario exercises. These questions are usually strength based. You should allow up to an hour for this.
Zoom. Zoom calls are becoming increasingly popular, with employees able to interview and see the person without actually bringing them into the office. These calls usually last about 30 minutes and you will be asked about your strengths and why you think you would be good for the job. Make sure to use a good camera and be signed into WiFi so your connection doesn’t mess up.
Phone call. Telephone interviews in general are to filter through a lot of applications, if you get one of these it doesn’t necessarily mean you have got an actual interview. These usually last about 20 minutes and you will be asked about yourself. If you are successful you will likely be asked to a face to face interview.
It is always good to do some research when you apply for a job no matter what the role.
The employer. Always research the employer, you need to understand about the business, what hurdles you may have to overcome and it shows you have a genuine interest in them as a company.
Role. Re-read the job description and pick out points in which you will stand out. You need to make them believe you are better than the other candidates so really keep note of your relevant skills and qualifications.
Questions. All employers like to be asked questions to be sure you are aware of your role, check this website for some questions you could ask at your interview
What to Take
It is always good to be prepared, so if you get a face to face interview be sure to take:
- Pen and notebook
- Any qualification certificates
- Breath mints
Online interviews will require:
- Laptop or computer
- The correct software, e.g. Zoom
What to Wear
It is the age-old question, some employers like you to turn up looking like you are attending a funeral and some prefer non-formal clothing. If you are unsure on the dress code it is always better to go too formal than too casual. Only ever go casual if you are certain this is acceptable. Formal clothes would be black trousers or skirt, a nice shirt and a blazer, be sure your clothes are ironed and your shoes are polished too! This also goes for Zoom interviews, don’t show up in your pyjamas!
Remember that all employers look for the same things at an interview. These are:
- Punctuality – make sure to be on time or early.
- Positivity and enthusiasm – show how happy you are to be there.
- Body language – a firm handshake, no slouching in your chair and plenty of eye contact.
- Clarity – answer all questions honestly and clearly.
There will be times when you are unsuccessful for a job, don’t let this get you down, dust yourself off and put all of these points into practice again. We wish you the best of luck!