Job interviews can be some of the most daunting meetings of your life. Essentially, you are walking into an office and asking somebody to stand in judgement of you. I’ve been to many interviews in my life, and passed all of them, so would like to share with you some tips I’ve discovered. A lot of these also come from my father – he used to be in charge of hiring people in the health service, so knows a lot about the process.
- Don’t lie about your skills
Seems simple enough, but I know so many people who embellish their CV, or claim to know how to do something in the interview, whereas in real life they have no idea about the topic. This can seem tempting, but then if you do get the job your employer will assume you know how to do everything, and you’ll be lost. If a potential employer asks you if you possess a skill that you do not, responding something like ‘I’m not trained in _______, but I’m a quick learner, and I possess [insert similar skill] that would also be useful in this role’ works 100x better than lying.
- Be yourself.
This can be a tough one, but it is very important. As well as assessing your skills and resume, employers are also looking to see how well you will get on with the team they already have in place. You could be the most qualified person on the planet, but if your personality is not what they’re looking for, they may decide to go with someone else. Nerves are normal before an interview, but remember to smile, and try to let your personality shine through. Employers know how stressful interviews can be, so try not to stress too much.
- Don’t exaggerate your availability
This can also be tempting, but if you tell them you’re available all the time, when actually you have school or another job, they may be more inclined to fire you after to start, especially if you’re going for a full time, or competitive job.
- Do your research
Even if this only entails 10 minutes of browsing their website, get a vague idea of what they do and who their market is. That way, in the interview, if they ask what you know about the company you’ll have something to say. This might not seem to important, but it shows employers that you are serious about the job.
- Remember you are also interviewing them!
A lot of people seem to forget that an interview is also a chance for you to see if the job would be suitable for you as well! Most employers will ask if you have any questions, and its important for you to know facts such as hours you’ll be expected to work, what type of contract you are on, and your salary.
Good luck with all your interviews, and leave your best interview tip down below and I’ll be sure to check out your blog!