5 Top Tips for a Successful Interview
So, stage one of your job search is complete, you’ve successfully landed an interview for your dream job but now the real work starts… Here you will find 5 interview tips which if you follow correctly you will successfully lay the foundations to land that dream job.
Before your interview, it’s important to remember the old saying “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”.
Extensive research should be carried out prior to the interview. Make sure to work closely with your recruiter so that you can get maximum information about the role. Make sure you are familiar with any recent developments of the company and usually the best place to find this information is through Google and other internet sources such as the company’s LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook account. Also make sure that you are familiar with the company location and ensure you give yourself plenty of time for travelling there on the day.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
Whether it’s playing sports or acting in a show, practice will always set you apart from your competitors. Interviews are no different and what’s great about interviews is you can be guaranteed some stock questions so there really is no excuse for not having these prepared. As someone who has sat on both sides of the interview table, you can easily identify the person who has spent time practicing and preparing their answers. You can visibly see that they actually enjoy the interview as they answer the questions. The great thing when you give informative, clear and concise answers is that it sometimes becomes the basis for the next question, thus making you feel even more comfortable in the situation.
- Dress to Impress
This may seem obvious but surprisingly people seem to overlook it regularly. It’s important to present a good image of yourself as a bad first impression is so hard to reverse. I really only think one rule is important to follow here, if it’s an interview there is no other option but formal business attire. When you’re dressed well you instantly feel more professional and will also carry yourself better. You sometimes hear that you should dress one level above the job that you are going for, these days companies have different views on dress code so that rule may not apply to all cases, but your recruiter can help you here again to ensure you make the right impression first time round.
- Be Yourself
Interviews are high-pressure situations and generally if you’re sitting in one you are trying to get the job, so it’s important here not to fall into the trap of saying what you think someone wants to hear. Much like the interviewer assessing you, you should be assessing them to ensure that their values, beliefs and culture aligns with yours generally. There is no point being someone else for a few hours when you’ll end up trying to be that person 8 hours a day, 5 days a week…. This will not last!! No one wants to put on a ‘‘work face’’ when they get to the office.
- Ask Questions
You’re almost there and now they have opened up the door for your questions. I think here it’s important to note a few “don’ts”;
- Do not ask about money!
- Do not ask about time off or annual leave!
- Do not ask a question that they have already answered!
This is an opportunity for you to ask more intricate questions around the company and the job. You can ask about future plans and what success or progression looks like for the company in question. You could ask about opportunities for training and development for you to further expand your skill set. Your recruiter will fill you in on the money and annual leave questions later!!
Senior Recruitment Consultant
Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group