How to be Successful at Job interviews? Hey everyone, I hope you are doing well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a few tips on success in job interviews. I recently went to a career event where they gave me advice on how to be successful at job Interviews. Mind you, this is just a guide for a successful interview. However, I found them helpful, and I felt I should share them with you guys.
How To Be Successful At Job Interviews?
What is an interview?
An Interview is a conversation between you and an employer. It is your chance to show an employer what you can do for the company and why they hire you.
What to Expect at an interview?
- There are usually 2 -3 people on the interview panel.
- They take about 30 – 45 minutes.
- Typical Interviews structure includes – Introductions, Job Information, Interview Questions, Your Questions, and Wrap up.
- If you are nervous, remember the interviewers will probably be scared too!
How To Be Prepared For Interviews?
- Find out all you can about the job and the company. Read the job information, look at the company website, or talk to someone who works there. This shows you’re interested in working there.
- Have some answers prepared in advance. There are a few commonly used interview questions; for example, Tell me about yourself/your current job and your strengths and weaknesses.
- Please take a copy of your application/CV; it isn’t an exam, you don’t have to memorise it.
- Aim to arrive 10 minutes early (early is always better than late)
What To Wear To An Interviews?
- Dress smartly. Aim for a slightly more intelligent version of what people who work there wear
- Iron clothes, clean and polished shoes
- Keep make and jewellery simple – less is more.
- Be professional
- Lay clothes out the night before and make sure they fit
Answering Interview Questions
Be an interview STAR and use the STAR technique to tell the interviewer about tasks or projects you have been involved in
- S – What was the situation?
- T – What was the task?
- A – What action did you take?
- R – What was the overall result?
Work examples are great, but if you haven’t had a job, use experiences from school, hobbies, work experience or unpaid work.
Some Extra Interview Tips
- Keep to the point – put across what you want to say, but don’t waffle
- Tell the interview panel what YOU did, not what we did.
- Stick to the truth and talk about things you have done – it’s hard to remember a lie.
- Ask for questions to be repeated or rephrased if you need to
- Silence is customary – if you’ve said all you want to say for a particular question, don’t keep talking to fill a silence.
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Leave An Interview With An Impression
- Ask Questions if you want, for example, what development opportunities are here, tell me about the team I would be working with, what projects/tasks are coming up shortly.
- Shake hands and always thank the interviewers for their time
- Ask when you will hear the outcome.
What If You Don’t Get The Job?
- Do not be dishearted, and everyone gets knocked back.
- Ask for feedback on how your interview went and what you can do to improve next time.
- Write down the questions you were asked after you leave and use these to prepare answers for your following interview – you will probably be asked similar questions.
- Learn from the experience, and you’ll improve next time around.
I hope you find this helpful as I did, and good luck with your interview!
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