Top Interview Tips
Here are some top tips for those who have job interviews creeping up. A job interview is vital to leave a good impression. Remember if you mess up an interview then there are usually few second chances.
Do not smoke beforehand - Smelling of smoke at a job interview is not going to leave a good impression.
Clothing – Dress smart – even if the job you are applying for does not warrant smart dress. You are trying to show that you have made an effort. Taking care of your appearance is a good start.
Timing - Start as you mean to go on. Employers will automatically apply a cross next to your name if you are late. It has been known for employers to refuse to see candidates that do not show up on time.
Stay Awake - Be alert – pay attention to everything that the employer has to say. You may have heard the same thing over and over in previous interviews, but the employer wants to know you are paying attention.
Explain Your Answers. - Do not give yes or no answers. Elaborate your answers the best you can. Giving examples is a great way to make your skills shine.
Salary - It’s usually best to leave any discussion of salary or rate of pay out of the first interview. Research the average salary for the particular role you are applying for beforehand. Being invited back for a second interview means they have expressed an interest, making it a more appropriate time for that discussion.
Don’t moan! - Your future employer does not want to hear you bad mouth a previous employer. Explain why you want the job that is on the table, not why you hated your previous job. If you are asked why you left your previous company, you can say “I wanted a change in career path” or “I feel that I can thrive in a more suitable role”.
It’s not politics - Everyone has a difference in opinion, so stay away from any conversations regarding politics. This will not benefit you. Keep the conversation professional, but let your personality shine through.