Congratulations, you’ve got yourself a job interview.
Your well-written resume has gotten you to this point – and now the job interview will ultimately decide if you get the job.
Job interviews can be scary, especially if you’ve never had one before, but there’s no need to stress – you’ve got this. To help you prepare we’ve compiled this list of four helpful tips:
1- First impressions matter
Your job interview starts as soon as you walk into the building – so don’t be late. First impressions are important because the interviewer wants to know what type of person they could potentially be hiring, and this is more important than anything written on your resume or any previous work experience. Be happy and friendly to everyone you meet, always remembering that first impressions can ultimately affect the outcome of the interview.
2- Research as much as you can
Find out as much as you can about the role and the company before your interview. This will show the hiring manager that you are proactive and keen to be given the job. Often you will get asked job-specific questions in the interview, so it’s important that you’re aware of the description and specifics for the role you are applying for.
Contacting the business before the interview to find out its structure was a step that I took before my last interview, which I am so glad I did, because I wasn’t shocked when a component of the interview turned out to be a group consultation. So prior contact can be a good idea if you’re unsure about anything in relation to the interview, the job description or the business and will also highlight that you are taking the initiative and are enthusiastic about getting the job.
3- Be ready for off-the-wall questions
Although you may have researched and know everything you possibly can about the job and the company, be prepared for some creative questions too. A hiring manager may ask these to learn more about you as a person so try to prepare by thinking of ways to work your skills, strengths, and challenges you’ve overcome into your replies. Just remember to try and make your answer as relevant to the job as possible and let your personality shine through.
4- Don’t stress
I know it seems impossible to be able to stay relaxed during a job interview, but try not to stress and instead focus on being confident in yourself. Answer every question in a way that showcases your proactive attitude and passion for the industry, this is often much more important to potential employers than previous work experience.
If you are unsuccessful in getting the job, remember that the interview process itself is an important experience and will help you be better prepared for next time. You could even contact the business for specific feedback on your interview to build your skills and make sure you nail the next one.
If you’re a young person struggling to find work or know someone who could benefit from dedicated job search support contact CoAct today.