COVID19 has brought with it a huge amount of turmoil and stress; it has affected every aspect of our lives, including many people’s work.
Unfortunately, many people are now finding themselves involuntarily out of jobs, others, given the ample time to reflect over the past few months, have found themselves questioning their careers and deciding a change is needed. It certainly is a really challenging, strange time but it will get better.
The most important thing right now is to stay positive, understand you will get to where you want to be and focus on putting the work in to make getting to that place, a little bit easier. With that in mind, here are our top interview tips to ensure you land your dream job!
- Prepare answers: Although it is so important to go with the flow in an interview and impossible to plan every possible question you could get asked, it’s important to prepare for the ones which appear pretty frequently. Search online for sample questions for the exact role you’re applying for and write out, in your own words, sample answers for each. Regurgitating an answer from Google will come across as disingenuous and you’ll more than likely slip up on words, so trust your own answers. When the interviewer asks you have you any questions, make sure you have something to ask, saying no, even if you genuinely feel they have covered everything, can come across as uninterested. It’s always worthwhile having some interesting questions prepared.
- Practice, practice, practice: practice really does make perfect. Although sitting with your partner, friend or mother doing a mock interview doesn’t sound like the funnest evening, it can be really effective. Truth is, it will never be as hard with a stranger as it is with someone close to you. The most daunting questions are simply the ones you have never been asked before, so encourage them to challenge you and ask you any questions they can think of. You’ll be surprised by what they come up with and it’s always better to go blank with a friend than the CEO.
- Record yourself: When doing a mock interview, act like it is the real thing, dress up in suitable attire, set up in an appropriate, office-like space and press play- yes, record yourself on camera. The idea of this sends many into a state of crippling embarrassment at even the thought, but it is so worthwhile. No one will ever have to see it, just you. Awareness is the key to success at anything, including nailing an interview, so watching yourself back, knowing how many times you played with your hair, hands, or feet, can make you more aware, nipping any bad habits in the bud and ensuring you confidently come across as just who they are looking for.
- Research the company: Make sure you know the company and exactly what they do. Check out their achievements, recent projects and clients they have worked with in the past. LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to get all of this kind of information. You will usually be given the name of the person conducting your interview, so be sure to connect with them on LinkedIn, it will show them how enthusiastic and interested you are before you step foot into the interview.
- Dress professionally and comfortably: There is never a good time to be wearing uncomfortable shoes, but going into an interview has to be up there with one of the worst. Dressing confidently and comfortably = Feeling confident and comfortable. It is so important to find the right balance, if you can’t walk in a straight line in heels, ditch them. There are plenty of flat, yet really professional shoes out there which would be a much better option. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed when it comes to interviews, so ensure you put your best foot forward.
- Be confident: Go into the interview confidently; you have done the work; the practice, the research and even the play back of the mock interview which never made you cringe as hard! All that is left now is to be confident, believe in yourself and do your best.
Remember how you feel in an interview, trust your gut, they are not only interviewing you, you are also deciding whether this company is a right fit for you too. Trust your gut and know what’s for you won’t pass you.
Let us know in the comments below if you used any of these practical tips to help you secure a job.
Best of luck!