Your resume impressed your potential future employer, you got an interview and now you need to do well to get the job. A job interview can be quite daunting, but in the end, success comes to the one who has prepared well, is sympathetic and has confidence.
Here are our 11 tips that will help you do just that.
1. More knowledge = more self-confidence
You started the research process with a tailor made application and now you have to invest: Find out more about the company’s mission, core values and milestones. Social media is as important as industry profiles, competitors, and the person interviewing you. The more you know, the more justified and confident you will feel in the job interview.
2. Dress for the role
Work interview clothes should always look professional, be comfortable and make you feel confident. Find out what the corporate culture is and how people dress before deciding what to wear (think suit for banks, business casual for advertising agencies, etc.). Remember that if you’ve never worn a suit before but want to wear one for the interview, you should practice wearing one in advance (you may end up looking and feeling uncomfortable otherwise). Don’t forget to polish your shoes and make sure they don’t blow you before you walk out the door.
3. Master the heating issues
I can bet you will have to tell yourself about why they should hire you and what your career goals are. Practice the answers but don’t sound like a broken CD. Don’t just remember your resume and read it aloud when asked to tell about yourself.
It is smart to use it as a reference when your interviewer is likely to have it in front of you and mention some major events or points when appropriate. But make sure you add something interesting to the story that your resume doesn’t already tell.
4. … and prepare for the difficult ones
Can you tell us a little about your weaknesses? Here you can win bonus points: Choose a weakness and transform it into a strength that relates to the job. “I’m a little impatient with it just because I like to finish projects on time and not interfere with the workflow of the entire team.” The key is to be honest and never respond with: “I have no weaknesses.”
5. Prepare for some brain teasers
If you were a kitchen utensil, which would you be and why? These questions may not always come up, but if they do, try to be relaxed and confident when answering them. They are there to test your critical thinking and how well you think of straight arm.
Make sure to highlight your personality with your answer and answer as fun and interesting as possible (without being inappropriate of course). What about that kitchen utensil then? Consider an answer like this: I’m a can opener. Although it is not the first tool you think of, it can be crucial for any type of meal.
6. Know when it’s time to ask for a break
If you do not know the answer to a question or feel a panic, take a deep breath and ask confidently and calmly if you can come back to the question later. Avoid babbling on and don’t show panic. It is much better if you build your self-confidence with some (easier) questions and go back to the difficult ones later.
(Who knows, your interviewer might forget to ask in the end anyway!) One caveat though: Don’t rely too much on this and just skip questions if it is imperative: asking to skip a question too many times can get you seem unprepared.
7. Be honest
Gaps or detours in your resume are nothing to worry about. You got an interview after all, so they like your profile and want to get to know you better. Be honest and explain what you learned during the time you were away (whatever the reason was) and how it will benefit you in the job you are applying for. For example, a language trip abroad is a time you invested to improve your language skills and experience a cultural change, it is always appreciated by an employer. Even a period of unemployment can be an advantage if you use the time to develop yourself in some way and actively seek employment.
8. Avoid these
Don’t be late, impolite or talk badly about your former bosses or colleagues. Lying, sharing too much, making inappropriate jokes or dominating the conversation are other ways to make a bad impression. Eating a onion sandwich with poppy seeds just before the interview is also not something we recommend. If you show up on time, look representative and make an impression of being kind and social, then you are pretty much guaranteed to get off to a good start.
9. Always (always) have a question prepared
Questions are easy to prepare so never miss a chance to show your critical skills with jewels like “What speaks against hiring me? “If there is any doubt or doubt that this is now you have your chance to clarify something about the job and provide the interviewer with more information about yourself.
10. Or by the way, ask a smart question
Introduce your question with some personal information and hit two flies in a snap a little elegantly with: “I taught kids code at summer camps. Would my role allow me to be involved in projects that give back to society? ”