An interview is always amazing news. When you’ve applied for a job that you really want and they want to call you in for an interview, you will feel like you have achieved something already. However, when you see that the interview is at a time you cannot make and clashes with your conference call or meeting, your heart might sink.
Does it look like you aren’t committed to getting the job if you try to rearrange your interview? This isn’t the case at all, and you definitely shouldn’t think like this. If you are right for the role and the employer really sees something in you, then they will be more than happy to rearrange. Do bear in mind, though, that you will usually need to go for an interview during office hours, so you may need to book some holiday or rearrange some of your work around your job interview.
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.
Job interviews can be difficult but if you know what you are doing and feel confident, there are lots of ways to make yourself memorable – for all the right reasons. Here are some top recruitment tips for people wanting to impress the interviewer when they apply for a new job:
- Be polite. You don’t necessarily have to be especially formal – take your lead from the interviewer. Just make sure you are polite and friendly.
- Ask questions. Interviews can become very awkward if you are invited to ask questions and have nothing to say. This is the best way to show that you have taken an interest in the company and want to know more about the role.
- Talk to your recruitment consultant. They can tell you about how the company would expect you to act.
- Dress to impress. Make sure you are smart and don’t let the small things let you down.
When going for an interview it is normal to be nervous and a certain level of nerves will help to keep your mind focused and help with your performance. However, for some their nerves in an interview situation can easily get the better of them and can mean that they fall apart under pressure.
By following the below top tips you can beat those nerves and land your dream job after all:-
Arrive in plenty of time for your interview – there is nothing worse than arriving to an interview late and rushing in all flustered and panicked so ensure you allow plenty of time to get to your interview, ideally looking for a coffee shop nearby where you can sit and have a drink whilst you get your head together before you go to the interview.
Ensure that you wear something smart AND comfortable – the last thing you want is to be fidgeting around in an outfit that you are uncomfortable in, an interview is not a fashion parade and you should look smart and professional at all times.
First impressions count – always make sure that you greet people with a smile and make eye contact with them, know who you are going to meet and when you arrive shake their hand, this shows professionalism and confidence and is a great way to start an interview.
Many people look down on the Job Centre thinking it is only there to assist people claiming benefits. This is not the case and a trip there can be very worthwhile. Although they do deal with benefit claims, they also offer help and financial support in returning to work or additional training. If you are under 30 and looking to start your own business, again they can provide you with some very useful contacts and groups that you can attend. If you are struggling to find a job or failing when it comes to the interview process, they have specially trained members of staff that can talk to you about this and work on improving your CV and interview techniques. All Job Centres also have facilities where you can search for jobs online and for many of them even apply. They have phones that can be used to call up a company advertising a vacancy and often have questionnaires that you can complete to suggest compatible vacancies to you.