10 Steps to ‘Nailing A Job Interview’
- Take Control of the Interview
When you get to the interview try and lead the conversation to start with, sit back in your chair, look at ease and ask them questions. ‘Tell me about the role, is it new, what needs to be improved’. ‘Tell me about the business, what are the long term goals’.
- Know the position you are applying for.
Cater your experience that you talk about to the skills they are looking for. When talking through your experience always structure it with ‘The Problem, The Idea/Solution, and the results/outcome/’.
- Research the company you are interviewing with.
One of the best ways to nail your job interview is to study the company and its current activities. Name drop examples or projects and key clients they work with to show you have done your homework and also have a genuine interest in the position and the company.
- PLAN your route.
Make sure you know the location of your interview and have planned your route there with time to spare in case of traffic, public transport disruption.
- Arrive 30 minutes before.
Turn up early and read through your CV again and notes you’ve made on the company to refresh it in your mind.
- Display your skills by ALWAYS giving examples.
The interviewer wants to know you are hardworking, but it’s hard for them to believe you unless you prove it. Tell a story of how you were hard working and instead of just saying it. Don’t leave it up to the imagination of the interviewer to figure out how.
FOR EXAMPLE – I’m extremely reliable, for example I have not had a sick day in 30 years. You get the gist!?
- PICK your Key Strengths & Weaknesses.
Make sure you know what your three strengths are and have examples for each of them, around 3 should do it. Also ensure you know your weaknesses, an interviewer will normally ask you so be prepared to state them but always offer it as an area you would like to improve on and offer examples on how to do so.
- Make an Impression.
Make a lasting impression, you don’t want them to forget you amongst the other 20 candidates they have had in. Make eye contact, make friendly conversation, Smile. Ask them about their selves and why they are at the company, how long they have been there for and why they like it.
- Be yourself.
No matter how badly you want the job, it you aren’t a good match, you aren’t a good match. Never try to be what you “think” the job needs because it will only unravel once you start and can’t deliver what you promised. If there are parts of the job you can’t do, be honest, tell them and state you’re happy to learn these skills.
- ALWAYS ASK THEM A QUESTION!
The interviewer will nearly always ask if you have a question for them at the end of the interview. Always ask them a questions, start dates etc to show you are interested. A great way to close if you’re brave enough is to ask ‘Do you think I would be good for this role?’. It’s the perfect way to get early feedback before you talk to the recruiter and the interviewer will be impressed you put them on the spot a little and asked for some feedback.