How to Make Job Interviews Less Daunting
Approach and Preparation for that Big Day
Job interviews can be daunting at the best of times.The nerves associated with them,the knowledge you are up against others with their hearts set on the job.
So, how do you stand head and shoulders above the rest and shine?
We have pulled together some tips that we feel are useful for Job Interviews:
Does your CV make sense? Is it comprehensive enough, or, is it simply a couple of pages of words jumbled together?
Your CV should ideally be only 1 page with bullet points of key achievements, which can of course, all be backed up.
You should have an opening paragraph outlining who you are, and what you want to achieve professionally.
The best CV’s are the ones that are quick to read, concise and clearly authentic.
Be On Time
We suggest arriving 5 minutes early to give you enough time to compose yourself. Whatever you do, don’t be late.
When the Interviewer comes to collect you, the aim is to appear composed, organised and professional.
Be pleasant to everyone that you meet in the building from the receptionist to the door person.
Do your research
Most companies want to know why you want to work there. So, you had better have a reasonable answer for them.
Research the company’s history, look at industry trends etc. It will be clear if you have a desire to work for them.
Highlight Your Strengths
Outline your key achievements and competencies. An interview is no time to be bashful, you need to shout about
your successes and explain to them what you can bring to their organisation. Depending on the role, some individuals
have a file that they take to interview. This can be a portfolio showing visible examples of their work or visual league
Depending what level of job you are applying for, the interviewer may check to see your credentials on sites i.e. LinkedIn.
We suggest that you ensure this is up-to-date and has as many endorsements as possible displayed. Having recommendations visible can make a difference.
Show an Interest
Make sure you have questions written down, so when given the opportunity, you can show interest in the organisation.
Questions such as:
1. What are your plans for the year ahead in the UK?
2. How will I be measured in the role?
3. Are there any promotional prospects in the company?
To conclude, you will be up against many people for any job, so you need to differentiate yourself in order to get ahead. Have your goals written down so that if asked what your long term plans are, you have a professional, business related answer. People that make an effort go a long way, they are an asset to any organisation, and any job opportunity should be an exchange, so both you and the employer benefit. You gain additional skills and you work hard for your salary. Win – Win.
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