If you have successfully applied for jobs, prepared a resume, a cover letter and are receiving interview requests, you’re off to a good start.
In my experience, it’s all about being prepared and knowing what you want from a job. Here are some tips to prepare yourself for the dreaded job interview (which probably won’t be as scary as you think).
INTERVIEW PREPARATION / DO YOUR RESEARCH
A big mistake people make is applying for a job you really want, but not doing your research on the company that’s hiring you. You know you love their products or the service they provide but do you know where they came from and how they got there?
If the answer is no, it’s likely that there’s will be too. The more you know about them, the better you’ll be able to ask and answer certain questions. This interview is about finding out if you are the right fit for each other.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Dress appropriately depending on the position you are applying for but always dress to impress. It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Keep jewellery and makeup to a minimum (unless you’re applying for a job in a makeup or jewellery industry.
You can check out this get ready with me / job interview YouTube video.
MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
When it comes to your career you want to make a good first impression on everyone. This means being on time, being confident and prepared for success. Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early so you can settle in and gather your thoughts.
Don’t forget to bring along some samples of your work, your resume a pen and any notes. Be warm, polite and remember that people want to work with enthusiastic people who want to learn.
SHOW YOUR PASSION
You may have little to no experience in your chosen field but if you have passion and drive you are halfway there. People want to work with people who are willing to learn and have a passion for their work.
It’s all about working as a team to grow the business and ensure its success. Common interview questions should be followed up with an example from your previous experience.
NETWORK AND STAY ON THEIR RADAR
If you want something bad enough you have to let people know. Ensure you ask for contact details from everyone you meet, this is called networking.
You never know who could help develop your career in the future. After your interview send a follow up email which gives you an edge over anyone who doesn’t.
I hope you enjoyed this post – be sure to visit me on YouTube!
Brooke Lindsay x