Going for a job interview is always a nerve-racking experience and even though you prep no matter what you still feel unprepared for what’s to come.
When I have a job interview I scour the internet for tips, questions to ask, questions I am most likely going to be asked, so I thought I would put together all of the information I have collated in one place.
Here are my interview prep tips
You should research the company thoroughly for two main reasons. 1 making sure that it is the type of company you could see yourself working at and 2 so when they ask you questions about their company to see if you have done any research you don’t look stupid.
Everyone knows at a job interview they grill you on your past, present and future, here are a couple of main questions they will ask and some tips on how to answer:
1. “Tell me about yourself” this is the standard interview question, they want to get to know you. Not in a way someone would in a social situation but in a work place situation. They want to know about your job history and your highest qualification.
2. “What are your strenghts” using the job specification and the desired skills and experience, base your strenghts around that, they want to know why you would be good at the job, try not to lie though.
3. “What are your weaknesses” this is always a tough question, you want to answer with something honest but also something that you can change, are you rubbish using Excel on a computer? If so use this, but mention that you are slowly learning how to use more formulas etc…
4. “What are your goals” with this question they want to gage how long you are going to stay working for the company, are you going to want to work your way up through the company or get some experience there and then move on.
5. “Why are you seeking employment” be honest with this one, tell them the real reason, but try not to slag off the company you currenty work for as they wont want to hire someone who bad mouths the place they are currently working for even if they don’t enjoy it.
6. “What are your salary expectations” with this one, I would always go a bit higher than your current salary, that way if they can match it you are getting a pay rise but also if they can’t you will probably stay on the same wage.
Look the part
When preparing for an interview you need to make sure you’re presented well, even if you know the company you are working for has a smart casual dress code, make sure you still dress to impress, for girls nice smart trousers and blazer with a nice blouse or a skirt blouse blazer combonation. If you wear a skirt or dress make sure you wear black tight, you don’t want to show off to much skin in an interview. For guys a suit and tie is always a safe bet. And make sure that your shoes are polished and not scuffed, its these little things that people will notice that doesn’t say good things about yourself.
Interviews are stressful, but the last thing an interviewer wants to see is someone fidgiting with nerves or not being able to make eye contact with them because they are so nervous. You are trying to sell yourself here, beat out everyone else to get this job. You need to stay calm, make eye contact and make sure your body language is strong!
Asking qestions to the interviewers is always difficult because most of the time they tell you everything you want to know during the interview, but you should always ask at least one question at the end. A couple of good ones to ask are:
1. “How do you find working here?”
2. “What’s your favourite thing about working here?”
3. “What is the personal growth like?”
Also, ALWAYS arrive 10 minutes before your interview is due to start, make sure you print off and take your CV with you as well as a note pad and pen. Even if they don’t ask for it, it will make you feel more prepared. Remember your body language can say alot about you, don’t retrive into yourself by crossing your arms, and expect the unexpected!
“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em ‘I certainly can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it”
– Theodore Roosevelt