Hi study buddies!
What do you do when you see the perfect job become available, and you’ve only got one shot to completely nail it!? Well let me help, here are 7 interview tips that will help you to land your dream job.
1. Keep your stories relevant: Like I mentioned in my video on how to get an internship, when asked the question: “tell me about yourself” focus on your professional background: work experiences, qualifications and why you’re a good fit for this role. Keep it relevant and don’t go off on a tangent talking about your personal and home life unless asked about your hobbies etc.
2. Show self awareness: When asked, “what are your weaknesses”, think genuinely about areas relating to your work that you would like to improve and continue to improve on. This is a great opportunity to show self- awareness. Make sure they are situational or context specific and not personality traits as I mentioned in a previous video. You can describe specific situations where this weakness has come about and then go on to explain what you are doing to improve on this weakness.
*For example: in situations where I am asked to work in a group, I find that I sometimes give more input than other team members and speak a lot. This has led me to appear more controlling or dominant to others and so I try to be mindful of this and ask others if they would like to contribute their ideas, as well as hold back for a moment and create some space for people to speak up without feeling like they need to compete with me.
3. Be flexible and open-minded: This goes for your availability and the type of tasks or roles they are looking to fill.
4. Bring the right energy: What you say is important, but how you say it and how you appear - your energy and body language, can have a significant impact on the success of your interview. Be mindful of your body language, posture and your tone. If you appear and feel centred and calm, then the employer will perceive you this way and feel comfortable around you, increasing the likelihood of them wanting to work with you. If you are feeling nervous, try to control them by monitoring your breathing, or mentally preparing yourself before the interview by reminding yourself of your qualifications and that you have something of value to offer.
5. Don't just talk at them: Acknowledge to the employer that you know what they need and are looking for in order to fill this role. E.g. “I’m aware you’re looking for someone who can..." It shows you know what they need and allows you to not just talk at them, but bring the conversation back to be between the two of you. It also means you can use the time in the interview to talk about your qualifications and link them to the skills or roles they are needing to fill to show you’re a suitable candidate.
6. Come to the rescue: Tell them employer why you are the right fit for this position. What can you offer them? Remember, the person hiring is looking for HELP. How can you alleviate their anxieties and offer value to their business?
7. Follow up: Ring them and think of a good question to ask as well as let them know how much you enjoyed meeting them and learning more about their business and look forward to being involved.
I can’t wait for you all to take your next step into your dream job!