Applying for a new job is daunting enough, but then come the nerves and the fear for the interviewing process. The more you want the job, the more nervous you become.
But fear not, here at TNT, we’ve created this blog post for you. We’re here to give you the best advice so you can ace the interview and get your dream job.
Research the company
Researching the company is one of the most important components for a job interview. Your potential employer will want to know that you care enough about the company you’re applying for to know your stuff and do the research.
Research basic facts, such as when it was established, the company ethos, their impact on the local and wider community, the company’s goals etc.
Prepare questions/ answers in advance
If you think of any question they could possibly ask you and plan your response in advance, you won’t be stuck for thought on the big day.
Many interview questions follow a similar format, so if you cover the basics and prepare brilliant answers, you will stand out from the crowd.
Some potential interview questions could include:
- Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Give me an example of when you had to deal with a difficult situation
- What has been your greatest achievement?
Consider appearances and first impressions
No matter how grounded we all claim to be, unfortunately at times (and especially in interviews) you will be judged on your appearance.
Your appearance is the first impression you give your potential employer. Dressing appropriately and smartly will aid this first impression. It may also boost your confidence. Dress for the job you want.
Body language has proved invaluable in everyday situations. A lot of what we say is said through our actions, expressions and subtle movements.
Smiling is essential for interviews. Even though you’re probably nervous, don’t forget to smile and let your personality shine through. Employers will like it.
Ask a question
Asking a question at the end of an interview shows that you are keen to know more about the company. This shows initiative which nearly all employers will be looking for.
It will also show that you have a genuine interest in what you plan to do.
Be assertive (but still very polite) in your final greeting. Rather than saying ‘I hope to hear from you soon’, simply say ‘I look forward to hearing from you’. It will show that you are confident in your abilities.