Doing a job interview can be a stressful process - but it doesn’t have to be! Landing a job is about more than just having the desired skill set or meeting the listed qualifications. The interview process enables employers to assess a candidate's cultural fit and determine whether they will be successful in the role. Framing your experiences and passions in a positive light whilst showing your willingness to grow, learn and adapt in a workplace environment will get you one step closer to your dream job.

Here we share some helpful tips on what to expect from an interviewer and how to set yourself up for success before, during and after the interview.

 

Location

Job interviews are often conducted at the location of the workplace, however, sometimes will take place in a more casual setting such as a café. The interviewer has a desire to get to know you as a person and to grasp if you are the right fit for the workplace culture, which is sometimes easier in a more casual environment.

It is important to remember that a job interview must contain a level of professionalism regardless of the location.

 

Preparing for questions!

Interviewers will ask questions regarding your skills and experience.

The first step to preparing for a job interview is identifying the skills needed for the job and then determining if you have those skills. If a skill is needed in your field, but you don't have experience using it yet - that’s ok! Just be prepared to explain how you plan on learning this skill and practicing it.

Never misrepresent or embellish your experience and qualifications. Practice responding to questions and selling your best skills in context with the question being asked.

Identify your weaknesses in your experience and be honest with your potential employee so that they know you are willing to address them. When asked about your weaknesses, try answering with something like “I am always looking for new ways to improve my…”

It is also important to ask questions about the business that you would have researched prior to the interview. This shows keen interest in the business and can make a lasting impression. For example:

  • What are their goals?
  • What would they like to achieve?
  • Are there and recent challenges the company has faced and how can you help? E.g. a new competitor

 

Speak with clarity

Sometimes nerves can get the better of us and its easy to start speaking too quickly and to go off on a tangent. To help with nerves, remember the interviewer may be feeling equally as nervous as you. Be conscious of your nerves and take time in your answers. Answers should be concise, and the conversation kept on topic.

 

Follow this simple advice and you'll be able to handle any interview that comes your way! 

In a digital age, a job interview is as important as ever. Sitting down face-to-face with someone, be it in person or even on the screen, showcases the personality, confidence and enthusiasm a candidate has.

However, there are key things to keep note of to avoid something everyone hates, an awkward job interview. With that being said, what should you avoid to appear sharp during the interview process?

Lack of Eye Contact

 

Eye contact is important in any coinversation, but especially during an interview. While lack of eye contact can show disinterest, an easy distractedness and a lack of enthusiasm; good eye contact conveys attentiveness active listening and a desire to understand, all desirable qualities.

If eye contact doesn't come naturally to you or makes you uncomfortable, a good tactic that proves helpful when maintaining eye contact is to look at the bridge of the interviewer’s nose. This will help in controlling stress and helping avoid direct eye contact whilst looking at the interviewer.|

Poor / Casual Clothing Choice

 

Strong clothing choice can highlight your professionalism and an understanding of the work culture  while allowing you to show your “brand” in a positive light.

Things to avoid wearing during interviews include clothes with rips on them, hats, t-shirts with logos, dirty clothing or clothing with inappropriate text or images.

Different professions have different standerds of clothing, so you may want to do more research depending on the industry your perspective job is in; if you're ever unsure it's better to overdress than underdress.

Fast Speaking

 

Speaking fast during an interview can show panic, a lack of self-control and a “get this done fast” mentality that an employer might not be looking for.

Put emphasis on words and make sure to put in effort to talk slower and clearer. This will not only show more professionalism but allow you to radiate more confidence around an interviewer.

 

Follow these tips and you'll be well on your way to job interview sucess! 

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