*this article was written before COVID-19 social distancing restrictions
Job interviews are challenging. Even the most successful people can find them stressful and intimidating. But there are a couple of simple things you can do to put your best foot forward and go into your next job interview with confidence.
When in a job interview what’s the best way to make a great first impression?
- Research the Company you are going to for an interview. Look on the Company website and ensure you are well prepared and know about the Company and the role.
- Arrive 10 minutes early – no more no less.
- Know your audience – i.e. the person who is interviewing you. Check them out on LinkedIn or on the company website. Remember the names and positions of the people you are meeting with.
- Dress appropriately – this doesn’t have to mean a suit but at least wear smart casual business attire. No shorts, thongs or revealing clothing. Be clean neat and appropriate in your presentation for your interview. Don’t smoke just before your interview as the smell can be strong in a small room.
- Go into the interview with a smile. Shake the hands of the people who will be meeting with you. Practice in the mirror beforehand.
- Stick to the point and to the question being asked. Be enthusiastic in your responses and give yourself a plug as you’ll only get one chance to do it.
- Be authentic! Thank the interviewers for their time and if you are unsuccessful be gracious about it and perhaps ask for feedback as to what you could do to improve for next time.
What’s the worst thing someone can do in an interview?
- Do not interrupt the interviewer and jump in before they have finished asking the question or if they are explaining something.
- Never bad mouth a former employer or colleague as it comes across as negative.
- Never lie in an interview. Again you’d be surprised what people say thinking they are impressing the interviewer.
- Don’t use offensive language e.g sexually explicit, sexist, racially offensive language or swearing.
How do you answer tough interview questions like ‘What’s your greatest weakness?
This is often one people can get stuck on. Be truthful. Responses like – ‘sometimes I over analyze situations’ or ‘sometimes I procrastinate’ show that you are human and that you are comfortable to admit that you are not perfect and are looking to improve in that area. It won’t be held against you.
What do employers look for in a good job candidate?
Generally, employers well presented individual with the skills to fill the role. Friendly dispositions, positive attitudes and enthusiasm are good qualities to show during a job interview.
The top 3 pieces of advice for modern day jobseekers:
1.Preparation is key.
2.Have examples on hand. The STAR method is used by most interviewers so you will need to respond by discussing the specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are describing.
3.Think of a question that shows you understand the Company and the role you at applying for.