A job interview can be a very stressful time for many people, especially if it’s their first time attempting it!
It can be even more overwhelming when you are actively on the hunt for a new job and know exactly what you need as a next step in your career.
Whatever the situation, we have gathered a few points that you will need to keep in mind for your every interview in order to feel as prepared as possible for this process!
1.Do your homework
Always go prepared for every interview. Before your next appointment, make sure you have done some research on the company you are about to be interviewed. Get some info about them; what they actually do, when were they established. Also, really understand what they are looking for. Read the job advertisement over and over again. Do you have all it takes for the role? If not, are you prepared and/or willing to learn more?
2.Watch your outfit
Even if you know that you are interviewing for a company who has a casual code in place, dress up nicely. You will need to show that you are professional, dress the part. If they mention at some point that you do not need to be dressed so formally every day, just say that you don’t mind! If they hire you, then you can start dressing the way you want (if that’s what they’re asking for).
Another tip for the ladies… don’t wear something sexy! You are there to show off your brains and experience, not flaunt your body. So showing up with a mini skirt and super high heels is not recommended, and will probably do more harm than good!
In the event that the person you’re having the interview with is aggressive, or trying to push you to see how much you can handle, keep your cool. The interview is a process not only for them, but for you too. If you don’t like it, you can go home!
4.Watch out for the trick questions
Most of the companies do it nowadays. They ask you a tough question just to see your reaction and your answer! For example, things to see if you are actually the team player you say you are! Be prepared, think of different scenarios and questions before you go, and what your answer would (or should) be!
Never, ever! Don’t lie about your education, experience, family status and expectations! Keep in mind that a company is allowed to do a background check on you at any point, even after they hire you, to make sure that what you said or presented is true!
Usually at the end of the interview, your possible employer will ask if you have any questions. You might be thinking that it’s better to say that you don’t, but the truth is far from it! If you actually have questions (about the role, compensation, daily tasks) then just ask! This way you’re showing that you are indeed interested in the job. Also, even if you don’t have any questions, try to ask at least one just so you can keep them on their toes! Even if it’s something simple, or something that shows off your experience in the field, or knowledge about the subjects they had mentioned.