Getting invited for a job interview is normally a good sign that you are on the right track to gaining employment. In this day and age, everything can be found online and with Linkedin becoming such a critical part of candidate sourcing process, recruiters typically have a good idea of your background and history before they even meet you. However, just because you look the part on paper or on the computer screen, doesn’t mean you’re a sure thing to succeed at interview stage.
Below are 9 points to keep in mind when attending an interview:
1. Make Sure To Be On Time
There’s one sure way to leave an immediate bad taste in the mouth of a potential employer and that’s by being late. Unless there is a very good reason that you have arrived late – E.g Car breaking down, car accident slowing traffic, tornado, etc. Arriving late shows that you probably aren’t taking the process seriously. To be honest, it’s plain disrespectful to the people who are setting aside time in their busy day to entertain an interview with you. The best thing to do is ensure you get to the area about 30 mins earlier. Figure out where the building is, maybe get a coffee in the downstairs lobby of the building beforehand then arrive on time.
2. Dress Appropriately
The same dress code isn’t going to apply for everyone. If you are being interviewed for a site based role and the project manager wants you out on the job, you might be required to bring PPE of some sort. If it’s an office based role, you might be expected to dress in corporate attire. It depends on the role you are going for. What I would typically recommend is ask the interviewer or person arranging the process, what the dress code would be for the interview. This question prior to interview is 100% ok.
3. Pay Strict Attention To The Interviewer
Don’t be day dreaming and glaring out the window thinking about the planet Mars. There is one thing that always looks terrible and that’s when an interviewer needs to repeat a question more than once for the sole purpose that you weren’t listening properly. It’s ok to ask for a question to be elaborated if you don’t quite understand what they're asking, just don’t be falling asleep in the interview.
4. Don’t Get Too Comfortable Too Early
It’s definently a good thing to relax and build rapport with an interviewer if you can. Just don’t pretend to be best mates straight away. Keep the tone and communication as professional as possible even if you are getting along well with the interviewer.
5. Do Some Research On The Business
When I interview people, I always ask what they know about the company early in the process. It tells me whether they have done their research or not. Someone who is interested in a role and company will look into the background of that business. Have some key points of detail memorized so you can respond with informative answers if the question arises.
6. Turn Your Phone Off
This one is obvious but you would be surprised of the number of people who answer calls or texts during interviews. It’s happened to me before… Do not play with your phone during an interview. It’s completely disrespectful to the interviewer’s time. You can be near certain to kiss the job goodbye if you do this.
7. Be Honest
Things always have a way of coming to surface. If you are over embellishing your capability or career history in whatever way, you’ll get found out. Whether it’s during the interview process, at reference stage or once you start in a job and can’t complete the tasks you said you could. With all our industries being so small, scenarios like this have a way of traveling from company to company. You can assure that if you lie about something and get hired based on a lie, you’ll get found out and probably fired. What will most likely happen after this is, word will travel and most likely tarnish your reputation.
8. Don’t Understate Your Capability
If you’re amazing at your job you definently need to find a way to get that point across without being too cocky. The best way to do this is to use specific examples of when you have achieved amazing feats or have completed brilliant work in some way. Your track record should do the talking. It’s a good idea to avoid comments such as – “I was the best at ….. in the whole company”, “That company is nothing without me”, etc, etc. It might be true that you were the best in the company at specific tasks but the way you convey your worth is not by big-noting yourself or talking smack about other people.
9. Don’t Be Negative Towards Your Past Company or Co-workers
Try not to be negative about your past employers or peers. It just looks bad. Typically, the perceived perception will be that you will probably spray negatives comments to the world when you are departing from the company you are interviewing with at the time. It also says a lot about your personality and that you most likely burn bridges easy and aren’t the easiest person to get along with.
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