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How To Nail A Job Interview

Job interviews are a part of most people’s lives. It can be the difference on progression or staying in the same place, so you want to make sure you have the best possible chance of getting the roles you want. Remember to show the employer your best self.

Always remember that whilst you are the one being interviewed, it’s a chance for you to see whether you like the company as well. Just remember that the people interviewing you are just people as well, and they may be nervous too. Everyone has to start somewhere so don’t feel disheartened. It's amazing what can happen when you step outside of your comfort zone.

If you do start to feel nervous, remember this is a normal process and it’s OK to feel nervous, it happens to more people than you think. Just turn that fear into strength and go after your dreams. If you do feel nervous, take long, deep breaths to calm down your body.

Always remember that if you do get rejected by the job, don’t lose confidence. A person can tick every box in this list yet if the employer is looking for something specific, it can be a blow. Rejection can help you get your dream job too as it will make you work harder for it next time. Rejection is a part of life and it’s important to realise that you should not get down if you get rejected. Everyone gets rejected at some point in their lives, it’s unfortunately part of life. In fact, if you look at some of the most successful people in the world, a lot of them dealt with rejection. For example;

  • Steve Jobs got fired from his own company that he started, but he didn’t let it get to him, he instead worked even harder and eventually returned to Apple as their CEO after many years.

  • Hugh Jackson, one of Hollywood’ most famous actors, struggled as an actor when he first started and got fired from his job at a convenience store after just 6 weeks.

  • J.K. Rowling, better known as the author of the Harry Potter books was continuously rejected as an author and even fired from her job at the London Office of Amnesty International because she was writing stories on her computer instead of working.

  • Oprah Winfrey was told she was ‘unfit’ for TV and ‘couldn’t sever her emotions from her stories’. She is now one of the most loved and recognised TV hosts in the world.

Research the company before the interview

One of the most important things you can do before a job interview is start researching the company around at least 5 days before your interview. To show the company that you are generally interested in them, showing you have done your research can make you stand out from other candidates. This makes you look like you are interested in them aswell as the job, showing you care. It also gives you the upper hand if there is recent news on their page, as if you bring it up in our interview, it will make it look like you are updated with their work.

Spend a lot of time on your CV

The first thing most employers look at first is your CV. As there may be a lot of people applying for the same job, you need to make sure your CV stands out more than others. If you struggling for ideas, google search some CV examples to give you some inspiration and find ones that you like. You can ask a family member of friend to go through your CV and make their comments on it, or you can even hire a professional to go through your CV and make changes to it. It may cost a little bit of money, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Know the job description of the job you are applying for

Most job descriptions will have key points on what they are looking for in an employee. Make sure these points are included in your CV and personal statement if you need one. This matches you up with what they need. They are much more likely to go with someone who has the skills they require than someone who doesn’t. Make sure you mention these points in your interview too.

Use examples with your answers

As mentioned above, it is important to mention the skills you can provide them if you got the job, however, they may not believe you unless you prove to them that you can do it. Give examples of what you can do. For example, if you say ‘I am very organise’, give an example by saying ‘I am very organised in my workplace, as I tend to file away important documents so I can find them when needed’. This shows the employer how you can show these skills in your work.

Look the part and present yourself well

First impressions are made by employers the second you walk in on the day. Make sure you arrive earlier than the scheduled time that you were meant to be there, and if the employer asks if your journey to the place was OK, always say yes, even if you had the worst journey in the world. Make sure your interactions are positive. The employers may seem friendly, but they are judging you the minute you walk in. This means making sure you make a good impression from the get go. Wear smart, clean attire so you not only sound professional but look professional. If you can make an effort with your appearance, there is a high change they will believe you will make an effort on the job. Also, make sure that you present yourself well, make sure you are confident even if you don’t feel it. A simple trick that I use is to do a power pose before I walk in. Doing a strong power pose can really boost your confidence. Remember, a job interview starts the moment you walk in. Make sure you greet everyone you see and be polite. Make sure you are professional at all times and make sure you are relatable too so people can warm to you.

Make eye contact and have strong body confidence

Making eye contact and having strong body confidence is equally as important. They want to make sure that you are confident in yourself so that you can be confident on the job. Even if you don’t feel confident, you must present yourself as confident. They won’t take you seriously or warm to you if you are a closed book. Don’t forget to smile too.

Ask a question at the end of the interview

Leave the interview on a high note by showing interest in the job role. Asking a question on what the job schedule is, or what kind of tasks you would be doing, can make it appear like you are very interested in the job role rather than the person who doesn’t bother asking questions. The more you seem intrigued by the role and the more you put your passion forward, the more likely they will hire you.

Most of all don't panic, if you get the job that's great and if you don't there will always be other opportunities out there. Good luck!