At Assertive Solutions, we’ve learnt a thing or two about job interviews. Here we share with you our Top 10 Tips for how to put your best foot forward in job interviews.
Tip # 1. Always dress the part. As the saying goes, dress for the job you want – not the one you have. For this reason, we always recommend attending interviews in smart attire. Remember, first impressions count, so be sure that your hair is tidy, your shoes polished and any jewellery is kept to a minimum.
Tip # 2. Don’t be late! Shoddy timekeeping can be very disrespectful to the client, who may be very busy. Make sure you know exactly where you’re going and plan your journey in advance, so you know how to get there and how long it’ll take.
Tip # 3. Do your homework. Research the company’s website beforehand and be sure to let your interviewers know that you’re familiar with who they are and what they do. Nothing impresses an employer more than enthusiasm and conscientiousness. Plus, if you plan to work for their organisation, you should really want to know what they’re about.
Tip # 4. Make eye contact and use positive body language. Eye contact is particularly important in interviews. It shows confidence and helps you connect with people – you do want them to like you, after all! Body language is extremely important too: Always sit upright, look keen and greet your interviewer with a FIRM handshake and a SMILE.
Tip # 5. Think carefully before responding. During an interview, people are judging you on both what you say and how you say it, so remain polite and respectful at all times, and try not to waffle – concise and professional but informative responses are best.
Tip # 6. Have some questions of your own for afterwards. At the end of an interview, you’ll often be asked if you have any questions about the company or the job. Use this as an opportunity to gather vital information. This’ll not only impress your interviewers but also demonstrate that you’re interested in finding out whether they’re the right fit for you. Interviews are a two-way street, after all!
Tip # 7. Don’t smoke before your interview. If you’re a smoker, take some mints with you to remove any lingering odour as this can be off-putting to some clients. If you can, wait until afterwards to have a ciggie – by then, you’ll probably need it!
Tip # 8. Prepare some answers to possible questions beforehand. Before your interview, read over the job description, and prepare some mental responses to each requirement. That way, if similar questions come up in the interview, you’ll have some relevant examples to hand – it’s hard to think on your feet when you’re put on the spot.
Tip # 9. Be as honest as possible. People ask certain questions for a reason and need to know all your personal circumstances in order to assess whether you’re the right candidate for the job. There’s no use in lying about something because if you’re hired, you could be found out and even sacked.
Tip # 10. Let them know you’re interested. This isn’t a date where you have to play it cool or be mysterious, so if you have enjoyed your interview and want the job, tell your interviewer! This will close the interview on a positive note and show that you really want to work there. Keenness is no bad thing when it comes to job seeking!
That’s it in a nutshell. Follow our advice and you’re sure to make a positive impression. Good luck!