Tuesday, 16 September 2014

How To Kill It In An Interview

how to do well in an interview interview tips advice youwishyou

As my second year of university is starting I've been thinking a lot about careers after graduating. Applying for any job is daunting whether that be a weekend job or your dream career and I'm definitely guilty of letting nerves get the better of me at plenty of times in my life, interviews being one of them. Over the past year I've only had one real interview experience which was for my work experience at the start of summer and even from that one interview I feel like I've learnt a lot from my first one many years ago. Put them both side by side and they both show a very different story. Whilst I'm still definitely not the Interview Queen - I wouldn't be caught dead in an interview without a bottle of Rescue Remedy - I'd like to share some interview tips for boosting your confidence and slaying your interview. 

Find A Good Pressure Balance

This sounds like something you'd want to avoid, but actually I find it helps to put the right amount of pressure on yourself. You want to be clear that an interview is your one chance  to show yourself off to a company, to own it and bag the position of your dreams. You want to get hyped up so your enthusiasm towards the company shines through and you know you bring your A game to the table. However, at the same time you don't want to put too much pressure on yourself that you crumble, you need to make sure you find the right balance between stressing yourself out with too much pressure and enough pressure to make sure you're taking the interview seriously. 

Dress For Business 

From the second you walk through the door, you are being judged. It sounds harsh, I know, but it's true. A company only have say an hour to interview, analyse, asses and compare you to other candidates and they'll take everything into account when deciding whether you're for them. You don't have to be flaunting fresh from the catwalk Dolce & Gabbana but don't rock up in leggings and flip-flops (not a good look for any occasion if I'm honest with you!). You want your outfit to reflect that you're respectable, professional and mean business.

Find Your Relaxation Trigger

In certain situations I can get very nervous, very quickly. If you're a nervy person like me you'll probably understand when I say that it's all too easy for nerves to ruin something important, for me my most recent was my driving test, both the first and second time; it's a horrible feeling to know you could of done something if you'd only been calm! Being too nervous can strip you of your confidence and expose a shaken, weak side of you which isn't who you are and isn't what a company want. If you've got yourself into a nervous fuss becoming relaxed is a lot easier said than done, which is why it's important to be aware of how to calm yourself down. Some people can do this by closing their eyes and breathing deeply for a moment whilst others keep a stress ball in their reach. I personally find it really difficult to calm myself down, but I've found Rescue Remedy is my trigger to help me get in a more relaxed state of mind. I'd recommend taking some time to try and find out what your relaxation trigger is so you can approach stressful situations with confidence that nerves won't get the better of you.

Preparation Is Key

You may feel like you don't need to prepare because all the answers to all the questions are inside your head already, but it really helps. Thinking in advance about what sort of questions you'll be asked and what you could respond with will make you confident in your answers, plus you'll have every detail you'd want to talk about fresh in your mind, including important things that you might of not remembered off the cuff. Remember to take into account the company's image and representation of themselves and tailor your answers to questions to suit their particular style. It also helps to do a little bit of background research on the company, you don't want to be caught out by anything, plus you'll impress them by showing a genuine interest.

Why You?

This is something you'll probably be asked during an interview, so have your answers at the ready, but also make sure that you know that you are perfect for this role. If you know and believe that you deserve the position and you portray that in your attitude during the interview then the interviewer will be more likely to believe it too. Also remember why you're there, remember what you want. Motivate yourself by having your aim in the back of your mind, whether that is getting a few hundred extra pounds a month or scoring yourself your dream job.Without being arrogant, be self-assured and also eager and excited for the opportunity; a company want to know that you'll bring enthusiasm to work and that they are employing someone that the position actually means a lot to. 

Good luck to anyone with an upcoming interview, I'd love to hear how it went!



SHARE:

16 comments

  1. This is a fab post, i completely understand about the nerves, as my nerves definitely used to get the better of me during interviews.

    Diana x
    http://www.aretrobombshellsloves.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Me too, it's such an annoying thing :( xx

      Delete
  2. I work in a recruitment agency and this is definitely spot on!

    Love the blog!

    Danielle
    boothysabode.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ahh that's so great to know, thank you! Xx

      Delete
  3. This is perfect and something i needed to read! I haven't been to an interview or anything important in a good couple of years because of my illness so it's really scary! I need to start rebuilding my life up again and this will be really handy and good to know other people get just as scared! xxxx



    Blonde of carbs

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hope you're fit and fighting again very soon and this helps you on your road to recovery my lovely! Xx

      Delete
  4. over the past year or so, i must have been to at least 20 interviews. (not even joking!) So I know how it feels to get nervous. but youre right - if you tell yourself you KNOW you are good for the job, it'll shine through. After several useless jobs, i have now found the PERFECT job for me. just hope i can keep it as im on 3 month probation!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Exactly! I'm so happy for you, don't worry I'm sure you'll smash it! Xx

      Delete
  5. This was a great and really helpful post!! Really enjoyed reading that I'm not the only one who gets nervy at interviews !! Haha!! :)

    thechinadolldiaries.blogspot.co.uk

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks lovely! Haha it happens to the best of us ;) xx

      Delete
  6. Great tips! I'm also going into my second year of uni - studying law, so I definitely know that interviews will be on their way soon for work placements and then an actual job! These are some of the same tips that I use to prepare myself, but it was lovely to read them being reiterated and I might just try Rescue Remedy, hadn't thought of that before - thanks!
    Paige x
    http://paigenumbereighteen.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay, hope you love your second year! It's so scary thinking about jobs after uni, isn't it? Thank you lovely xx

      Delete
  7. Such a good post. These are good things for me to keep in mind in the future! Great job!

    Juliana Grace | www.julianagraceblogspace.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is great advice! I'm hoping to apply for an internship or work experience for next summer so I'll keep your advice in mind if I get any interviews :) xx

    http://bethht.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely do, work experience is always so much fun and a great addition to any CV! Good luck :) xx

      Delete

Blogger templates by pipdig