Finding a new job in the current work climate can be hard work, so when you do get an interview you want to do your very best to impress! Preparing for and attending an interview can be nerve wracking but by keeping in mind our 5 key job interview tips you can and will have a great interview and stand out against the competition.
Get acquainted with your CV
One thing you should always do is keep a copy of each CV that you send in to job applications. When you get your job interview you then need to read through your CV thoroughly so that you are completely familiar with what it says. Most employers will want to ask you questions about some of the things that are in your CV, and you won’t come across as very prepared if you can’t even remember what you wrote in it!
It is also common practise for interviewers to ask your questions based on the things you have written in your CV. If you can anticipate the sort of questions you might be asked then you can give yourself a head start in the interview and you will appear more confident in your answers.
Make the journey to your interview a day or so before
It may seem a little odd to practise your journey to your interview in advance, but believe me it is very important! Being late for your interview is one of the biggest mistakes that many people make. Being late, not only throws your time-keeping skills into question but it will also make the interviewer question how seriously you are taking the job prospect.
To avoid arriving late for your interview, make the journey in advance, preferably at the time you need to arrive at the office on the day before. This will give you an accurate idea of how long the journey will take, taking into account the amount of traffic at that time of day and will also make you aware of any road works that might cause you a delay on the way.
An article in WikiHow recommends that you should:
Always arrive 15 to 20 minutes before the interview time. Allow time to park your car or for the public transportation to get you where you need to be. Go inside the building and use the additional time to relax until you are called on.
Have a practise interview before the big day
A day or so before your interview ask a friend to practise with you. Have your friend ask you any questions that you are likely to be asked such as ‘Why would you like to work for this company?’ and ‘What are your strengths and your weaknesses?’ In order to know the answers to some of the questions you might be asked you will need to do a little research beforehand. Find the company’s website and mission statement, or perhaps contact the company for information that you can read about them.
Remember that it is not just what you say that is important. Wikipedia makes a very important point when it says:
It may not only be what you say in an interview that matters, but also how you say it (e.g., how fast you speak) and how you behave during the interview (e.g., hand gestures, eye contact).
So always practise your body language and facial expressions. Record yourself speaking and listen to yourself, taking note of whether you are speaking clearly enough or whether you are speaking too fast.
Always Wear the Right Clothing
Making a good first impression is one of the most important things you can do at any interview. Wearing the right clothing and appearing to be neat and clean will all contribute to giving a good first impression.
In an article about preparing for a job interview we made this important point:
It does not matter what kind of job you are interviewing for, dressing professionally is absolutely vital. It is just as important to look smart and to be clean, so prepare well in advance to ensure that everything is clean and in order ready for your interview.
Things you should avoid when dressing for your interview include:
- Wearing too much jewellery
- Wearing too much perfume
- Wearing overly casual, or scruffy clothing
- Wearing dirty shoes
- Chewing gum
- Having a messy hairstyle
- Having an unpleasant body odour
Be Careful When Using Social Networking
It may come as a surprise to find out that many prospective employers now use social networking websites to find out a little more about their interviewees. So be careful when adding comments and photos to your social media profiles, because anything that does not reflect well on you as a person may contribute to you not getting the job.