Interviews are the make or break step in the process of getting hired for a job. Even if a candidate doesn’t show up as perfect for the job on paper, they can always make up for in person. Here are some interview tips that will help any candidate land their dream job:
The Boy Scouts said it best: always be prepared. Before an interview, a candidate should prepare by researching both the role and the company to which they are applying. A prospective employee has less of a chance of impressing their future employer if they have no idea about anything that the company does. Researching the company, their philosophy, their history and their main competitors.
Having a basic idea of the company’s culture and vision can also be helpful. This aids in the prospective candidate’s idea of why they want to work for this organisation. If the company is clearly conservative and the prospective employee is more of a creative type, then perhaps the match is not a good one.
This seems really simple, but it’s always intelligent to figure out the small details of actually getting to an interview in one piece. Planning out a routine and a route that gives plenty of cushion time for traffic jams, public transport mishaps, and whatever else that can come between an interview and an interviewee. Wear items of clothing that will not get ruined on the way to the interview. Make sure to bring a bag that can hold copies of a CV without folding them or compromising their integrity. This is a small, but effective preparation step.
Presenting the Best Version of the Candidate:
This is the premiere chance to show a prospective employer just what kind of professional individual is applying to work for their company. Dress appropriately for the occasion. An interview outfit should reflect that a candidate is serious and professional, but also has a personality and isn’t afraid to show it. Likewise, turning off the mobile phone is essential in an interview. A ringing phone conveys that an applicant didn’t have enough respect or forethought to turn off his or her phone before stepping into their prospective employer’s office.
Don’t Dwell on the Past:
It’s easy to fall into complaining about what makes a job or a certain type of employer terrible. This counts doubly for those who are unhappy at their current positions. However, this may send out negative signals to the interviewer that they are risking being badmouthed by their future employee (or ex-employee). Why take that risk? It’s best to err on the side of diplomacy and composure than gossip or complain.
If a candidate is hired under false pretences, then the truth is going to come out at some point. Be honest from the start, listen to the interview questions and really think before answering. During the interview think of pertinent questions to ask and don’t be shy to bring up money. An employer who dances around pay and salary may not be the best kind of business for which to work.