A job interview is a scary prospect, especially if you really want to get the job! You want to come across as self-assured and confident, or the interviewer might think you can’t handle pressure. Here are some tips to help you in your next job interview:
- Don’t worry about it too much. If a few nerves do show through, don’t panic. This shows that you care and an interviewer will recognise this.
- Don’t freeze up. The biggest mistake we can make when nervous is to stop talking and lose our train of thought. Keep breathing, and keep focusing on saying what you want to say.
- Listen. If you are listening to the interviewer as intently as you should be, then you will hardly have time to worry! Make sure you listen, understand their meaning and reply in a collected way, so you tell them everything they need to know in your answer.
It’s that dreaded point of the interview: do you have any questions for us? It makes every job hunter’s mind race. Do you ask what you are genuinely wondering? Do you ask something that will boost your profile as a candidate? Should you ask any questions at all? Here are some ideas of things you may want to ask:
- Is there room for progression in the role?
- What kind of staff development do you undertake?
- Might I move between teams, or do people tend to stay in the same team?
- What do people enjoy about working for your company?
- Who are some of your clients? Will I have a chance to meet them?
If a question doesn’t seem relevant to you, don’t ask it. The employer will be able to see whether it is a genuine question or whether it is something you have thought of to make yourself look good.
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The new year is the perfect time to make a new start. Why not make a significant change in your life and find yourself a new job? This is a good way to begin 2018 with a really big leap and to change something fundamental about your life.
Lots of people think in this way, which is why lots of good positions come up in the new year. People will be energised after having time off over Christmas, so will be raring to go when finding a new job. It’s an interesting time to begin your search and start to make some headway.
Talk to recruiters to see what positions they have available in the new year. Start straight away – building relationships is a big part of job hunting. Stay up to date with your recruitment consultant and check in regularly to see what positions have come up and whether you might be suitable for them.
Even if your career began long ago, you may still be wondering where it is going. There are so many job options out there and it can be tough to find one that is representative of you and what you truly care out. Here is some advice to help you carve out a career that stays true to you:
- Consider your values. Do you care passionately about the environment? Are you honest at all times? Find a role where you can use these values and stay true to them.
- Think about your key skills. Then think about whether you enjoy using them. You may be great at reporting, but if you gain no satisfaction from it, then you should maybe think again.
- Look through a university prospectus. See what immediately catches your attention and is a natural fit for you. This is a good way to remind yourself what you enjoy.
Career decisions are never easy, especially when you are young and still unsure about what you ultimately want to do. You need to lay solid foundations for any career and by the end of your 20s, it’s very beneficial to have a good idea of the field you want to be working in during your later career.
You don’t need to have a set plan. Most people who are now in their 20s will be working until they are in their 70s, so there is a lot of time to change your mind! It is a good idea to have something to aim for and the build up a good job history, though. People who have done nothing related to their chosen career path could struggle in future as the competition for the best positions becomes fierce. Put together a career action plan and have some clear goals, both short term and long term.