Have you ever waltzed into an interview thinking ‘I totally got this’ then waltzed out on your high horse only to discover that they gave your job, to somebody else and ummmmm…. maybe you don’t totally got this? HA.
Anyway, job interviews are tricky fields to navigate mostly because every workplace scenario is different, personalities are different and some days you can totally be together and some days you just can’t. However it does pay a little to be prepared.
Plus, some people are just really good at talking shiz about themselves in interviews and some people need to work a little harder – there is no right or wrong way.
However if you’ve ever sat on a panel to interview someone you’ll know there are a few things you can do to be prepared for an interview and we're chatting about them below.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Research is truly the most important step before doing anything else. Seriously. There’s no use going for a job that you’ve had your eye on only for the CEO to ask you what you think of ‘their latest marketing campaign’ …and for you to draw a blank stare. Stalk their website, stalk their social media, stalk their page on LinkedIn. If you know how to stalk your ex-boyfriend on Instagram then you’ll know how to stalk your future work place.
ARRIVE EARLY (BUT NOT TOO EARLY)
Nobody likes to be kept waiting so ensuring you’re at least 5-10 minutes early is the best thing you can do for an interview. Arriving late will P people off, whilst arriving tooooo early (like half an hour before hand) might do the same too. People are busy/time poor so just arrive when you’re meant to. Plus, ensuring you’ve left before you’re meant to will help keep stress levels at bay; whilst also providing you extra time in case you forget something and have to turn back - or you get lost!
CHOOSE YOUR OUTIFT WISELY
Don’t show up to the job interview of your dreams in thongs and a flanny. FACT. Like you Muses would do that anyway, but your appearance is the first thing that people will take note of. If you’re not sure, (especially if you’re going for a job in a creative field where the dress code can be a little different) ask in advance. Simple and polished always works and if you’re still confused ask your bestie for some help.
DON’T CHEW GUM, SMOKE or DRINK.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
Now this might seem like a bit of a silly step, however we’ve all been through a gazillion interviews before. Therefore, we know that there are a few certain questions that most interviewers rattle off so if you prep a little about yourself then it might help you not stumble your words. EG. Knowing what aspects of your career you want to chat about, where your key strengths lie, weaknesses (in case they ask) as well as where you see yourself in five year’s time would all be good places to begin.
YOUR BODY LANGUAGE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS
From the moment you meet your interviewer and/or panel, confidence will play key. Slouching while you’re being asked questions, averting your gaze or not maintaining eye contact are big no, no’s. Act confident (even if you don’t feel it), make a strong introduction (#fakeittilyoumakeit!) and maintain eye contact. Easy, peasy.
ALWAYS ASK A QUESTION AT THE END
If you’ve done your research and are generally interested in the job, you should have a question anyway. However, asking a question at the end will prove you’re interested in the position too.
Images: Pinterest; Words: Yadira Galarza Cauchi
Tell us, what are you job interview tips?