6 Tips to Ace Your
Next Job Interview
Interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience, and sometimes it can feel like you don’t know what to expect.
Well fear not, your partners at Jobs Assist have got you covered. We have put together 6 important tips you need to know to help you nail your next job interview.
Do your research
Before your interview, take some time to research the company and the role you’re interviewing for.
This will not only help you prepare for questions about the company, but it will also show the interviewer that you’re truly interested in the role.
Not sure where to start? Check out the company website, read their blog articles, and reach out to your network.
Know Your Stuff
One of the most important things you can do before an interview is to make sure that you know your stuff.
Being knowledgeable shows you are compatible and adequate for the role you have applied for.
So, before your interview make sure you are up-to-date with current industry affairs.
Practice, practice, practice
In addition to researching the company, it’s important to practice your answers to common interview questions.
This will help you feel more confident and less flustered during your actual interview.
Not sure what questions you might be asked? Read our typical interview questions for what to expect.
You can also try conducting a mock interview with a friend or family member, that way it won’t be the first time you’ve had to say your answers out loud.
This helps massively with those pesky nerves during the interview.
Dress for success
First impressions matter, so make sure you dress appropriately!
Whether you’re interviewing for a corporate role or a creative position, it’s important to dress in clothing that is appropriate for the workplace.
Avoid anything too revealing, too casual or too loud, and make sure your clothing is free of any wrinkles or stains.
Not sure what to wear? Always err on the side of caution and dress conservatively.
Ask thoughtful questions
Asking questions shows that you’re engaged and interested in the role. Plus, it allows you to learn more about the company and what it would be like to work there.
Prepare a few questions ahead of time so that you don’t find yourself caught off guard when the interviewer asks if you have any questions for them at the end of the interview.
You can read our article on questions to ask your prospective employer, but here are some good examples.
– Can you tell me more about what day-to-day responsibilities would entail?
– What challenges does this department/team currently face?
– How would success be measured in this role?
– What growth opportunities are available within the company?
The above questions show you are taking an active interest in the role, and want to know more about what to expect if you were to be successful.
Be positive and upbeat
Body language plays a big role in interviews, so it’s important to radiate positive energy. The same is still best practice for video interviews too.
Sit up straight, make eye contact and avoid fidgeting.
And most importantly, smile! Be yourself and let your personality shine through.
By remaining positive and upbeat, you’ll show the interviewer that you’re excited about the opportunity and confident in your abilities!
By following the above tips, you can set yourself up for success in your next job interview.
Remember to stay positive, after all, you have got to this point as your CV has included all the right information to get this interview!
The next step is just to remember all of your skills and experience and relate them to what the interviewer is looking for.
If you are still feeling unprepared for your imminent job interview, read our article on how to prepare the morning of your job interview to ease those pre-interview jitters!
What should I bring to a job interview?
A notepad and pen, your CV, and a list of questions you wish to ask the interviewer.
How long should a job interview last?
Most job interviews will last around 30-60 minutes. However, some may go over the allotted time if the interviewer is keen to get to know you better.
What should I do if I’m late for a job interview?
If you are running late for a job interview, make sure to contact the employer as soon as possible to let them know and apologise for the inconvenience.
Offer a plausible explanation for why you are running late, and assure them that it won’t happen again in the future. This shows that you are reliable and take your commitments seriously
Once you arrive, be sure to apologise again in person and thank them for their understanding
What should I not do in a job interview?
Some things you should avoid doing in an interview include:
- Chewing gum
- Playing with your hair or jewellery
- Slouching and poor body language
- Interrupting the interviewer.
- Badmouthing previous employers or colleagues.