How to be Successful at Job interviews? Recently, I went to a career event where I was provided with advice on how to be successful at job Interviews. Mind you this is just a guide for a successful interview. However, I found them so helpful and I felt I should share with you guys.
What is an interview?
An Interview is a conversation between you and an employer. It is your chance to show an employer what you can do for the company and why they should hire you.
What to Expect at an interview?
- There are usually 2 -3 people on the interview panel
- They take about 30 – 45 minutes
- Typical Interviews structure includes – Introductions, Job Information, Interview Questions, Your Questions and finally Wrap up
- If you are nervous, remember the interviewers will probably be nervous too!
How To Be Prepared For An Interviews?
- Find out all you can about the job and the company. Read the job information and have a look at the company website, or talk to someone who works there. This shows you’re interested in working there.
- Have some answers prepared in advance. There are a few commonly used interview questions, for example, Tell me about yourself/current job, what are your strengths and weaknesses.
- Take a copy of your application/CV, it isn’t an exam, you don’t have to have it memorised
- Aim to arrive 10 minutes early (early is always better than late)
What To Wear To An Interviews?
- Dress smartly. Aim for a slightly smarter version of what people who work there wear
- Iron clothes, clean and polish shoes
- Keep make and jewellery simple – less is more
- Be professional
- Lay clothes out the night before and make sure they fit
Answering Interview Questions
Be an interview STAR and use the STAR technique to tell the interviewer about tasks or projects you have been involved in
- S – What was the situation?
- T – What was the task?
- A – What action did you take?
- R – What was the overall result?
Work examples are great, but if you haven’t had a job, use experiences from school, hobbies, work experience or unpaid work.
Some Extra Interview Tips
- Keep to the point – put across what you want to say, but don’t waffle
- Tell the interview panel what YOU did, not what we did
- Stick to the truth and talk about things you have done – it’s hard to remember a lie
- Ask for questions to be repeated or rephrased if you need to
- Silence is normal – if you’ve said all you want to say for a particular question, don’t keep talking to fill a silence
Leave An Interview With An Impression
- Ask Questions if you want, for example, what development opportunities are here, tell me about the team I would be working with, what projects/tasks are coming up in the near future
- Shake hands and always thank the interviewers for their time
- Ask when you will hear the outcome
What If You Don’t Get The Job?
- Do not be dishearted, everyone gets knocked back
- Ask for feedback on how your interview went and what you can do to improve next time
- Write down the questions you were asked after you leave and use these to prepare answers for your next interview – you will probably be asked similar questions
- Learn from the experience and you’ll improve next time around
I hope you find this helpful as much as I did and good luck with your interview!