Tips and advice for your next job interview

Tips and advice for your next job interview

Are you preparing for your next job interview? You may have lots of things on your mind but all job interviewers will tell you that you needn’t worry. After you have interviewed for the first time, job interviews become much easier! At dh Recruitment we have seen so many interviewees, both new and experienced, pass through our doors that we thought we would impart our top tricks and tips for acing a job interview.

A lot of interviewees don’t think that it’s important, but it is vital that you do your research into the company you are applying for before the interview. By doing your research, you’ll be more prepared to answer tricky questions and in turn ask intelligent questions to the interviewer. A good trick is to sign up for Google Alerts, as you will receive email alerts any time a news story appears for whatever terms you’ve selected, like the company you’re applying for.

Nerves are the top contributor to interview blunders and mistakes. Even seasoned interviewees get nervous! Of course it’s natural to be apprehensive about an interview, but that can translate into nervous energy which may hinder your presentation. Take some time before your interview to expel your nervous energy, whether that’s exercise, dancing, taking it out on a punching bag or using a stress ball. Not only will it help you to deal with pre-interview butterflies but it’ll get your blood pumping and help clear your mind.

Every workplace has its own culture and with its own culture comes its own dress code. Some workplaces will require you to wear specialist clothing whereas others are happy to let their staff hang out in jeans. It is important to always dress appropriately for the job you are applying for. If you are applying for a job in the construction or engineering sector for example, it may not be suitable to dress for your job interview in a traditional suit. Conversely, if you’re applying for a job in law or government, you will only be invited into the interview if you arrive in a suit. If you are unsure, you can’t go wrong with a smart shirt and trousers, not jeans!

Your interview actually starts the minute you walk through the front door of the company you are interviewing for, so from the moment you arrive at the building, you want to make a good first impression. The easiest way to do that is to know how you’re getting to the interview in advance and turn up 10-15 minutes early. Once you meet your interviewer clearly introduce yourself, shake their hand firmly and make eye contact. Starting a conversation, whether it’s about the interview or another aspect of the company, will come across as confident, friendly and eager to get involved.

With a good start under your belt, why stop now? Your presentation in the interview is what you have been working towards with all your preparations. Use all your knowledge from your research to present yourself as well informed and interested in the company. After shaking off those nerves you can relax and be yourself, as you don’t want to present yourself as someone you’re not – or it could be a shock to your employer when you come on board! Print off your CV and bring it in with you? It will provide you with prompts and ideas when it comes to forming answers.

After the interview, be sure to thank the interviewer for their time and shake their hand. Go the extra mile and send the company a thank you email afterwards – it will leave a lasting good impression of you in the interviewer’s mind.

All you need to remember is that your interviewer will have interviewed many job seekers before – and will have been through their own job interview too! If you would like more tips and tricks on preparing for your job interview, we have years of experience which can help you on your way. For some friendly advice, call 01905 617 000 or take a look at what jobs we have available here.

Severn Wye Ltd. trading as dh Recruitment Hereford and Worcester.