So, you have just applied for your new job and you got that all important response back letting you know that you have landed yourself an interview. The thought of an upcoming interview can be quite daunting or even a bit nerve-racking but with the right preparation and understanding of our interview tips anyone can ace their interview and land their dream job
There are a lot of interview tips to be found on the internet, some may be outdated and others might be a little mis-informative as a lot of these interview tips can vary depending on the job you are being interviewed for. Here at FNTC we have worked with a range of learners and have had to interview many candidates so we feel like we have a good understanding what stands out and what make a great interview. So here are some interview tips to help you land your new job.
1. Plan your outfit
Dress to impress. Make sure your overall appearance is neat and clean. That means make sure you plug in that iron! You don’t want to turn up to your interview looking scruffy like you have just rolled out of bed, It looks unprofessional and gives the impression that the job doesn’t mean much to you.
Sometimes it’s not always best to dress as formal as possible, so make good judgement and dress for the appropriate situation. Smart casual is always a safe bet if you are ever unsure what the dress code is. Saying that if you are ever unsure what you have to wear to your interview you can always get in contact with the employer and ask, I am sure they will be happy to help.
2. Early bird gets the worm!
It doesn’t matter how well dressed you are or how confident you’re feeling, if you don’t turn up on time to your interview your going to leave a bad impression. So make sure that not only do you aim to arrive at your interview on time, show up early and use that extra time to prepare yourself. You never know this extra time could be extremely valuable, it also shows intuitive which employers love to see.
3. Prepare your questions
Before you walk into your interview you want to be ready for anything, that means by starting to prepare what questions your employer may ask you. Try to think about questions that seem a bit silly and unlikely, you never know what you are going to be asked and if you are prepared your chances of success will skyrocket. A few ways to practice your questions is by getting someone you know to ask you questions about yourself so you can get used to answering and talking about yourself in front of other people.
4. What do I bring?
When it comes to preparing for your interview, you always want to make sure you have the right equipment. You don’t want to turn up to an interview without a portfolio or a CV otherwise you won’t be able to prove you have the skills for the job. Even if you think the employer has your CV it is always a good idea to bring an extra copy just in case they have missed placed it or do not have access to a physical copy. It is also important you always bring a form of identification with you just so that you are able to prove you are who you say you are.
5. Make sure you do your research
Another interview tip would be to do some background research on the employer or the company. Before you attend your first interview. It’s always a good idea to have a knowledgeable background on the company as this shows effort and commitment. This will help you stand out from other candidates if you are able to reference your research and ultimately land the job!
6. Follow up questions
At the end of your interview, it’s always good practice to prepare and have your own questions for the interviewer. You can use this opportunity to find out more about your role and get the answers to any queries you might have before you start your new job. It also shows that you have a clear interest in the job you are applying for.
7. Think positive
The whole point of an interview is that it gives you an opportunity to sell yourself to the employer, to show that you are worthy of being taken on for the role. One great interview tip that can apply for everything is very simple…. stay positive. Everything you talk about or any answers you have for the employer try and keep the topic positive, even if an employer asks you something like “what courses have you liked least?” or “what didn’t you like in your previous job?” try not to answer the question how it has been asked. Instead, say something like, “Actually, throughout my previous jobs I have found something I have liked. For example [ positive from a previous job].”
To help keep yourself looking professional and presentable why not try practicing your mannerisms, These are also often forgotten but can be quite important. Things like firm handshakes, good posture, speaking clearly and staying hygienic are all important factors. These may seem obvious and straight forward but you would be surprised how many people get it wrong and get turned down from the job because of this, especially hygiene.
9. The all important question
There is usually one question that will always come popping up in an interview, especially around the beginning and that’s the “Tell me about yourself?” question. Now, it is easy to go off straight away and talk about your life and all your achievements, but would you rather your employer learns about what place you came in your year 6 school race – or why they should hire you for the job role?
Try to break down your answer into positive points about yourself and maybe share an experience about each one, you will find answering this question a lot easier and more efficient as the employer learns more about you and how your personality will benefit the company.
10. Say your thanks
The last and final interview tip I have for you is to always send a thank you note after you have attended your interview this can be in any form you want, wether that’s through a letter, email or a phone call. It shows that you are well mannered and you appreciate the opportunity that the employer has given to you. You never know this might be a deciding factor that could land you that dream job.
So there you have it. 10 easy interview tips and tricks that you can practice before your big day. Good luck!
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