Today I want to talk to you about something I’ve spent an awful lot of my time doing for a majority of the start of 2019 that I haven’t really addressed anywhere online. Yes it is something different to my normal fashion or lifestyle content but it’s something I think we all can relate to and have experienced at some point.
There comes a time in most peoples lives where they have to attend an interview for a job…unless you’re fortunate enough to have never experienced the joy of being interviewed. For the most part it’s the best way for potential employers to see what person would fit the role that looking to fill. Just like the employer that does research and planning for the interview, it’s important for you the potential employee to go to that interview ready and to hopefully nail it.
I’ve been to my fair share of interviews in the last few years so I know I’ve picked up some helpful tips and tricks along the way that will definitely come in handy for any of you that need that helping hand or advice. Being interviewed is never going to be the nicest thing to do with your day, there’s no beating around the bush with that. However, if you take on board the tips I’ll mention in this blog post, it’ll help you feel ready for the interview and get you that job…hopefully!
One thing to remember about interviews is that this is the employers first impression of you, so make sure it’s a good one.
Here are my tips and tricks for nailing that job interview;
- Do your research, I know this sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many people don’t swat up before attending their interview. Read the job description, person specification, visit the website of the company and maybe even phone up prior to the interview to get some more information. There’s no such thing as being too prepared for an interview, the more information you have the better. You want to be ready for whatever they ask you. It also shows that you’re organised and well prepared which is a great first impression to make.
- Look presentable, again another pretty obvious one but dress appropriately for the role you are being interviewed for and look like the best version of yourself. If you’re attending a job interview for a creative role make sure the way you look somehow shows that whether that be wearing a brighter colour or an accessory. You’d be surprised how much employers take notice of so a little thought goes a long way.
- Always have a set of examples ready to use during the interview, most employers will ask at least one scenario question and it’s always good to demonstrate your knowledge via something you’ve had experience in. For example dealing with an unhappy customer, problem solving or multitasking.
- Don’t be afraid to take a moment to think about your answers before starting to talk. You will come across so much better if it shows that you’ve actually thought about what you want to say instead of thinking of an answer on the spot and bumbling your way through.
- Only mention relevant and current experience. Most employers won’t want to hear about the job you had five years prior to your interview that has no relevance to the role you’re applying for. I’d say stick to the past 2 or 3 jobs you’ve had and if you’re struggling for things to mention, point out transferable skills that you have.
- Make yourself valuable to the employer. An interview is all about selling yourself so mention all the highlights and best parts of you. You’re a team player, good at organisation, have experience in certain areas, excellent communication and always willing to learn. Be as positive as you can be and it’ll definitely come across.
Turns out I could go on for much longer about tips and tricks for interviews but I think I’ll stop it there…don’t want to give all my secrets away do I ha ha?! If anyone is interested I would be up for doing a part two to this blog post so please let me know if you’d like that.
I’m so glad that I’ve now been in a job for just under 3 months now and I love it. It at times felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel but you’ve just got to believe and keep going. Easier said than done I know but it’s so worth while.
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to read my latest blog post, it’s been interesting to write about something that has taken so much of my time up for months and that I obviously know a lot about. I hope this proves somewhat useful to the people who need it.
Be sure to check back next week for a brand new post.
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