How to Ace Your Next Interview!
Do you get nervous before a job interview? Because if not, don't worry, many people do and I understand why. It may make it even more stressful if you’ve never had a job interview but if you add these tips into your routine it would increase your chances at a successful job interview and hopefully have a cause for progression. Following are a handful of interview tips:
Do Your Research
Always always ALWAYS do your research about the company beforehand. Imagine if you get hired and you know nothing about the company you plan to work for. It simply takes two seconds to do a quick google search for the company. This will also give you important information about how the company is, their vision, culture, mission and how they treat their employees. While conducting research find reasons as to why you’d fit it or be a great asset to their company. If there’s any homework you do this weekend, make it this!
If you’ve never taken an interview before, ask around to your peers or friends about some common interview questions and prepare a response ahead of time. Once you receive information about the logistics of your interview (ask your recruiter if you’re unsure) prepare according to that. A tip to remembering your responses is to put them in a story form and follow S.T.A.R (situation, task, action, result).
Dress to Impress
Though your experience and skills are highlighted during the interview process, so does the way you present yourself. In particular, the way you dress shows the interviewer how you uphold yourself which does hold some weight. Dress for the occasion and ensure it's appropriate if you’re unsure about the dress code for the interview reach out to your recruiter. Wear something you feel confident and yourself in because confidence is key and should be shown in every form. Essentially, dress for the job you want not the job you have. Need some tips for your next outfit? Check out our student resource section for some business dress ideas!
You always want to engage in positive conversations with the interviewer. Even though your experiences collectively may not all be positive, take a negative situation and try to find the good in it. It will show to your interviewers that you focused on the good and received experiential learning even from a bad situation. Most importantly, be you, be authentic and be awesome!
Focus on Your Body Language
What you say during the interview is important but just as important are your non-verbal communications. Factors as such include eye contact, smiling, posture and handshakes. Handshakes aren’t as applicable as most job interviews are conducted online so practice the other etiquettes in front of a screen. Set yourself up with a suitable background while doing your interviews online.
Don’t just ask any type of questions, ask insightful questions. It has been shown by studies that employers make a judgement about an applicant’s interest by whether or not they ask questions. Asking insightful questions shows the interviewer that you’ve done your research and only shows your interest in the job even more.
Send a Thank You Email
Following up after your interview is just as important to how you present yourself during the interview. Start off by thanking the interviewer and then proceed to show your strong interest in the company. Make the note personalized and touch base on details mentioned during the interview. This could be the only difference between you and other potential candidates. The email should be sent out as soon as possible (preferably within 48 hours of the interview)
To succeed in job interviews takes a lot of practice, time and research. The more effort you put into the process the more chances of you at successfully obtaining the job especially if you follow the tips above, so don’t waste time and get started now!
Written by Shaima Motala