A job interview is nerve-racking for most people, but the more prepared you are, the less nervous you’ll be. If you’ve already completed your course study in Auckland and are ready to get out and join the industry of your dreams, here are some key tips to help you absolutely crush your next job interview!
What kind of job interviews are there?
The best way to prepare for your interview is to know what to expect before you go, and one of the first things to be aware of is that no two interviews are the same. While some interviews will be one-on-one, others can be structured with a panel of two or more people interviewing you. A group interview with multiple applicants is less common, but you might find yourself in one if you’re applying for a sales role or an internship position, or if the company you’re applying for is hiring multiple people for the same job.
Other common interview types include over-the-phone or video interviews. Phone interviews usually take place in the first round of screening to see if you are a suitable candidate to come in for a full interview. In contrast, if it’s in a video format, there are a few things you’ll want to do beforehand.
Prepping for Video Interviews
- Make sure you know which computer program, website, or application the video interview will be held on, and have a test-run of the program with a friend or family member. Check that the sound, video, and microphone are all working properly prior to the interview to avoid any complications during the interview.
- Make sure your device is fully charged.
- Exchange numbers with the interviewer prior to the call, in case of any video link failures.
- Make sure you – and the background – look presentable and professional.
- Have your interview notes and CV close by for reference.
Preparation is Key
Arriving at the interview fully prepared and knowing what to expect will not only help you feel more confident, it will also show the interviewer that you are serious about getting the job. Before attending your interview, make sure you:
- Research the organisation. Learn as much as you can about the organisation, this will help you determine if the position is right for you and will also give you an idea of what they’re looking for in an employee.
- Prepare your answers beforehand. Research commonly asked job interview questions and write down your answers. You don’t need to recite these answers word-for-word during the interview. In fact, it’s better if you don’t! However, if you think about possible questions beforehand, you are less likely to be caught off-guard and will be able to speak with confidence and intention.
- Know your strengths and weaknesses. A common question interviewers ask, is “What are your biggest strengths/weaknesses?” This is your chance to discuss your strengths and show how they are relevant to the job at hand. Recognising your weaknesses and sharing them is equally important. Everyone has weaknesses, so show your employer that you’re aware of yours and that you’re willing to honestly self-assess and seek ways to improve them.
- Prepare your own questions for the interview. Having questions prepared and ready will show the interviewer that you are interested in the job and the organisation.
- Practice with a friend. Practising your answers out loud and having a friend ask you possible interview questions is an excellent way to prepare. Not only will you become more familiar with the potential interview question, speaking out loud will give you confidence in your answers, as well.
First impressions matter
When it comes to job interviews, a first impression can make the difference between a rejection email and a follow-up interview. Give yourself the chance to make a good first impression with the following tips:
- Look the part. You don’t need to go out and buy a brand-new wardrobe to look presentable. As long as you wear something smart and tidy, employers will recognise the effort you made to be well-dressed.
- Arrive early. Make sure you have your means of travel to the interview sussed before the interview day and plan your schedule so that you arrive 10-15 minutes early.
- Practice respect. Make sure to show respect and consideration to everyone you encounter. This is a good life practice in general but it is especially important when visiting the site of your job interview.
- You might encounter your potential employer unexpectedly or bump into people who end up being your future colleagues or teammates.
- Good manners and positive body language. Being polite, friendly, and confident does wonders for a good first impression.
- Bring the essentials. Useful things to bring to an interview include a copy of your resume and other relevant documentation, a notebook and pen to write with, and a water bottle in case you get thirsty.
- Respond Thoughtfully. You don’t need to rush. Take your time to respond thoughtfully to the questions you’re asked and tie your answers back to your accomplishments.
After the Interview
Once the interview has finished, you can ask the interviewer or hiring manager about the next steps in the interview process. You can also enquire to find out when you’re likely to receive a follow-up email with the results of your interview.
If you’ve already completed an interview – well done! You’re one step closer to landing your dream job. If you’re interested in learning more about what to do before accepting a job offer, such as choosing between multiple offers and resigning from your previous employment, there are plenty of resources available online.
If you didn’t get the job, don’t be disheartened! Think of your interview as a valuable experience you can improve from. You will definitely have more opportunities to find something even better.
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