As a recruiter, one thing that always surprises me is that people don’t take the time to prepare for their interviews which would help them land that dream job. Below are some of my top tips for acing your next interview:
- Know what job you have applied for – as a recruiter there is nothing more frustrating than speaking to someone who has applied for a job less than 24 hours ago and they have no idea what you are talking about. When you are looking for jobs and you are applying for more than one job at a time, I suggest keeping a list of what jobs you have applied for with a couple of keywords to help you remember each specific role.
- Research the company – before you step foot into an interview you should do some basic research on the company. Thankfully for us the internet makes this really easy; a simple google search of the company and reading through their website will give you a better understanding of the company and what they do, and when the interviewer asks what you know about their company you will be able to give them a couple of answers instead of not knowing anything.
- Dress for success – I know this sounds trivial but it is really important. An interview is a place for you to sell yourself, your skills and your talents to your future employer, so you need to present yourself in the right way. This doesn’t mean that you need to wear a suit to every interview but you should be dressing respectfully. This does mean no thongs, singlets or shorts.
- Be prepared – one of the biggest frustrations an interviewer has is when someone doesn’t know what is on their own resume! Before you go for an interview re-read your resume so that you know what is on it. You should also know what your skills and strengths are because the interviewer will ask you. I recommend going over some practice questions that might be asked, so you have a few well prepared examples to talk about.
- Stay Positive – remember that it’s very important to try and stay positive about your previous employer and co-workers, it doesn’t matter if they are the worst people you have ever met it will reflect badly on you if you talk badly about them and it also can also make the interviewer think that you may speak about them in this way one day.
- Be confident – don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer some questions like what they are looking for, whether they feel that your skills match their needs and what the next steps in the recruitment process are. An interview is a chance for you to understand if this is the type of place you want to work too.
Interviewing for a job can be overwhelming no matter what type of job you are going for, try to remember the above 6 tips and hopefully you will be able to land your dream job!
Written by resident Recruitment Guru Sarah Hutchinson