We all want the job of our dreams, train and learn for ages yet when it comes to interviews a lot of us seem to crumble at the feet of the potential employer. Getting employed is what you are aiming for and to please the person interviewing you too. Here are a few interview tips to help you on your way -
- Show assertiveness! This is a big plus when it comes to interviewing. When entering the room make sure that you make yourself comfortable. Try moving the chair you are sat in so that are in a good position and feel good about where you are sat. Simple things such as moving the chair to make yourself comfortable will show your employer that you are capable of doing things for yourself and are comfortable with them interviewing you. I dont suggest taking a seat before they ask though.
- Be polite! Nothing goes further than being courteous and polite. Make sure you keep any bad habits whether it be interrupting people during a conversation or swearing as you speak to outside the work place.
- Speak clearly and with a good tone of voice to your interviewer especially if you are being interviewed for a job requiring you to make calls daily. Make sure you speak formally if the job you are applying for requires this.
- Confidence! Being confident in an interview is a good thing but being over-confident is a bad thing and can be detrimental to your interview. Make sure you are confident but dont go over the top as this can even lead to embarrassment for yourself if your employer asks any questions you dont know the answer to. I will go into further detail later in this article on gaining confidence for those who may feel they lack it in an interview.
The interviewer will use his own way of interviewing you, every interviewer is different and will ask different questions too. Being prepared for these questions is very important as well as being able to answer any question asked of you is too.
Preparing for Questions
Preparation for all kinds of questions is needed and you must do this in order to make sure you are successful. A few good preparation techniques is to sit with a family member and ask them to pretend to be the interviewer with a set of questions related to the job you are applying for. In this following example I will be using some questions an interviewer for a call centre position may ask:
Examples of Questions
How would you respond to an angry customer?
What problems have you faced in the past and how did you solve these problems?
Describe a time when you have had to get a someone to do something they wouldn't normally do?
They ask these kinds of questions for very good reasons! They are questions in which the answers will reflect upon the type of person you are, whether you show yourself as a good team leader and a known as behavioural questions which almost all interviewers will ask you.
Knowing all about the job
When arriving at your interview you should have already done plenty of research into the company you plan to work for. Try checking out their website if they have one and reading about their company and learning a few things about it too.
Your interviewer may ask you questions about the knowledge you have about the company and it is also good to learn about the company first so that you can learn what sort of questions you may be asked. For example, if you were applying for a football store job it would be good to have knowledge about football in general as well as the teams they sell the goods for and the history of those teams too.
Being able to recall your past and personal experiences and how they may be applied whilst in work is important. Your interviewer may ask about your past experiences and see how your answers reflect upon the position applied for.
You should mention any skills you have gained from experiences for example if you have been a guitarist for the past 6 years and play it well and you are applying for a job using your hands then mentioning this may display that you are good with your hands in this job. Mention any work experience you have had which may or not be related to this position. Actual work experience is more important than personal experience so make sure you leave the personal experience like the playing the guitar example till last.
Always use recent examples when they ask about your previous experience. Your most recent is the most important to them and is what they will want to hear the most. If you have no experience sell your keyskills to them like your typing speed, abiltity to use a computer well etc
Make it Flow
When in an interview you should always make sure that you talk sense. Talking concisely and in order will help the interview flow smoothly. A bad example of making it not flow is mentioning things that are not relevant to the interview for example that you need to get home soon.
Always sell yourself to the interviewer. Make sure they know your true ability and experience as well as skills. Dont brag but let them know you are the one for the position. Practice and know what skills you have and remember which qualifications you have before the interview.
I would suggest that you try selling yourself to someone at home as if they are the one doing the interview and ask their opinions on your reponses. Interviews are mainly about how you respond and the content of your response mainly coming from situations you have been in, the tasks you have carried out, the actions you took to create the result! Remember this and have it in mind whilst practicing.
Inability to Answer interviewers questions
You never need to worry about this, if you have any problems with answering a question, ask them if they can come back to the question later for you. They usually wont mind and it shows that you are willing to work around things as well as assertiveness too.
This is the end of my interviewing article which mainly focuses on interview technique and preparation. I havent gone into any detail on a few other aspects of preparation but I am saving that for a separate article which will include dressing for an interview and many other useful tips.
Hope you enjoyed the read and hope it helps you out.
Thank you for reading.