Our top interview tips employers will love
Everyone has had or will have an interview at some point in their life. Therefore, everyone has needed or will need some interview tips, too.
There are often myths flying around about certain things to do or what not to do in an interview. Some say to dress formally, others say don’t. Some say ask about salary, and others don’t. It’s hard to know what to believe. But we at Open Study College have been in this industry for a long time, we know what we are doing.
Many of our students progress onto successful careers thanks to our distance learning courses and great advice. So now it’s time to pass it onto you. Here are some of our top interview tips that we know employers will love:
This is a given. Arriving early ensures you can find the venue in time and shows that you are serious and passionate about the role. But avoid arriving too early as this can put your interviewers on edge. Aim to arrive 10-15 minutes early to demonstrate that you are eager and ready.
This depends on the industry you work in and the role you are interviewing for. If you are interviewing for a corporate role, then dressing smartly is appropriate. However, for those working in the fashion industry, agencies or the arts, it may make more of an impression to dress fashionably, but still respectfully. Take some time to research their company culture and look at their social media and consider how you can demonstrate that you will fit in.
Research the company
Following on from the previous point, you must do your homework and research the company. Take the time to look at their social media, website, and blog, and look them up on search engines too - have they been in the news lately? Have they conducted any research recently or contributed to any industry reports?
Having some background information on the company shows that you have a genuine interest in them, as well as passion and initiative – qualities that all employers look for in their candidates. Researching the company will enable you to link your past experience to how you could benefit the company and also avoid being tripped up by basic questions such as 'why do you want to work here?'.
Have some questions prepared
An interview is a two-way street: while they want to understand whether you're a good fit for the role, you want to know why you should want to work there. Have some questions prepared about the role and the company will show that you are an engaged candidate who is serious about the opportunity. Here are some examples of good questions to ask at the end of an interview along with any questions you have about the role itself:
- What is your favourite thing about working here?
- What does a typical day in this role look like?
- How will success in this role be measured?
- Who will I be working closely with?
- What opportunities are there for professional development?
Present positive body language
First impressions count and your body language says a lot before you have even spoken a word. If you sit arms crossed and slouching, you will appear disinterested. Ensure that you make eye contact with your interviewer(s), sit up straight and most importantly, smile! It will win you some brownie points!
Feeling nervous or anxious before an interview is natural. What is important is that you do all you can to control your pre-interview nerves otherwise they may ruin your interview. Try to remain calm. Interviewers respect confidence (not arrogance) and the interview will seem to go quicker if you are less worried.
There are some steps to ensure you minimise any feelings of nerves or anxiety before an interview, some have already been discussed above. Firstly, ensure you have thoroughly researched the company and understand the job description. Plan out your journey ahead of your interview so you know exactly where you're going, you could even do a test run beforehand if you have time. Practice your responses to some of the more difficult interview questions, you could even role-play these with a friend or family member and get their feedback. And finally, be positive about the interview, remind yourself why you are a great fit for the role.
Remember that you are a great candidate
You have made it to the interview stage, meaning that they already think you have the skills they are looking for. Have some confidence in yourself, give them examples that demonstrate your knowledge and experience, and explain why you think you are the right person for the job.
We're positive that these interview tips will give you the edge, and help you bag the job you have always wanted. And finally, we wish you the best of luck with your interview!
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