Nobody likes going to job interviews. They can be uncomfortable, ennerving or you just don’t know what you are going to say. But at one point in your life you are going to have to go to one. And probably even more than once. Every job interview is a new experience that you can learn from, even if you don’t get the job. But if you just started to going to job interviews or if you are very nervous for an upcoming, important job interview, you could use some tips to take away some of the stress for you. Check out 5 tips for doing a better job at a job interview below:
1. How you dress
How you dress is very important, because it is the first impression that you make on an interviewer. Even if you are applying at a fastfood restaurant or at a jeans store for all that matter, don’t wear jeans and a t-shirt to your interview. Wear basic colors, and if it’s possible, find a dress suite to wear to job interviews. If you dress up nicely the interviewer sees that you take the job seriously and that you are capable of dressing and behaving yourself well. Another thing that some people forget is to dress nice when you are going out to look for jobs and ask for application forms. It happened to me twice that I asked for an application form somewhere and got invited to a spontaneous job interview. It is always better to be prepared in case the person that gives you the form is also the owner or the manager of the place that you want to apply at. That way they know that you are not just out shopping for jobs, but that you came to them specifically.
2. Know the company
Before you are going to your job interview you should definitely do some research about the company. Go to their website and read, then do a Google search and read reviews from costumers. Things that you should know before going to the interview are of course what they do, what their different policies are and if they are involved in any current events you should also know about that. It is embarrassing for you and annoying for the interviewer if you show up at your job interview and they have to explain you everything about the company because you didn’t do enough research. You will probably also not get the job, because it shows a lack of motivation and interest in the job. Make sure that you know what will be expected of you in the position that you are applying for. Of course, it is totally okay to ask questions and this shows that you are interested. But only ask things that aren’t obvious.
3. Realize that you’re talking to a person
The interviewer’s job is to ask you questions in order to see if you are the right person for the job, but they are not just emotionless robots, they are human being likes you and me, and it is better to have a real conversation with them than to just answer questions. The interviewer will probably start out with a question. Try to answer it, but don’t fall silent, try to make the conversation flowing and show that you are an interesting person full of energy and motivation. You can make a couple of jokes as well, but don’t overdo it and don’t make jokes that could be offensive to anyone. Also, don’t talk negative about former employers, even if they really were jerks, because the interviewer doesn’t know them and may think that you talk like that about all your bosses. Also say things like ‘thank you’ and ‘have a good day’. You are not trying to impress ‘the company’ but the person that is interviewing you, so always make sure to come off as confident and positive.
4. Put yourself in the interviewer’s position
Lots of people are nervous when they go to a job interview, because they don’t know what to expect. While it is true that an interviewer usually asks a few questions that come as a complete surprise to you, you can try to put yourself in their position and think about what you would ask yourself. You can do this by taking a look at your own resume and imagining that you are someone else reading it: what would interest you about your own resume? What would be an obstacle for you? Once you have a bit of an idea of what an interviewer might ask you, you can prepare the answers to those questions in your head. If you got fired from your previous job because of a fight that you had or if you have been job-hopping for the past few years, questions about this could be tough to answer, but if you give yourself time you can come up with the perfect answer. And there is always someone there to give you a second chance or to look past certain things.
Before going to your first job interview or to a very important one that could make a big change in your career, you should always practice. Ask someone you trust and who knows a bit about your job to practice the interview with you. Give them your resume and let them ask you questions. You won’t be nervous when you are practicing with someone you know, and chances are that you suddenly know the answer to all the questions that the person asks because you are doing the ‘interview’ in such a relaxed setting, that it almost seems like an actual conversation. Ask the person that you’re practicing with what they think about your answers, and remember them for when you go to the real interview.
Even though there is no guarantee that you are going to get a job, with these 5 tips you will hopefully get closer to getting it. Remember that when you don’t get a certain job, that doesn’t always have something to do with the interview. You could also just not have the right qualifications or they found someone with more experience.