Job Search: Tried and Tested Interview Tips
Wendy Mason is a Career Coach and Life Coach helping you to solve difficult problems at work and at home
So, here we are at the beginning of another week and outside my window the sun is shining despite the cold. For some of us it is the beginning of another week of job search, so I thought today I’d repeat some general tips on handling interviews.
- Don’t expect the interviewers to remember what you said in your CV/application form, when they ask a question, give them a complete answer. (Do remind yourself of exactly what you did write though before the interview)
- Take time to breathe before you answer each question. Think about the question and prepare the answer. Don’t just gush out an incomplete answer.
- If you don’t understand the question ask for more information. Not every interviewer is good at asking questions and, in any case, interviewers would prefer you understood what they were asking and gave them an appropriate answer.
- Don’t answer any question with a simple “yes” or “no” – always add some detail but don’t waffle.
- Remember an interview is the time to show them that you are the right person for the job, so don’t be embarrassed about showing how good you are.
- Be up-beat and don’t moan or complain about anything, if you want the job. Even if you have good reason not to like a past employer this isn’t the time to complain about them – it will make the interviewer wonder whether you can be a loyal employee.
- Don’t put yourself down with false modesty and don’t make excuses. If they didn’t think you were good they would not have asked you to the interview. Be true to yourself and honest but be sensible – now is not the time to express you secret doubts about any lack of experience.
- Watch your body language, give the interviewers good eye contact, show interest and look attentive. Sit and stand confidently and have a good hand shake ready – practice if necessary. Speak clearly and simply at a level that they can hear. Keep to the point and give concise answers.
- Show real interest in the organization and enthusiasm for the work; nothing is more attractive to a potential employer. But don’t fake it – work on what you like about the opportunity!
If you are going for an interview shortly, I wish you luck and if I can help, please get in touch.