5 Golden Tips for Every Job Seeker

5 Golden Tips for Every Job Seeker

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With the help of this article we'll debunk a few common misconceptions about interviews, help you maximize your potential and teach you how to look as attractive as possible to potential employers.

 

In most cases, the interview is the make or break of any job application. Most people find the whole experience quite daunting. Trying to sell yourself and your qualifications in often a very short space of time where first impressions are everything is tough right?

 

Wrong! Forget all that… Follow these steps and say hello to success!

 

1. Do Your Research

Do you know anything about the company you’ve got an interview with. How big is it, how many people do they employ etc?

All the information is out there online and the interview is there to discern between those who are pro-active enough to go and get it and those who aren’t.

 

> Visit The Company Website

The company website should always be your first port of call. A quick look at the website design, company history and future targets will give you a good insight into the company culture and what kind of corporation you’re dealing with.

More often than not, most of this information will be listed in the “About Us” section of a companies’ webpage.

 

> Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is so useful in this day and age. At a simple glance you’ll have access to so much personal information about the company, new hires, connections, networks and the lot!

LinkedIn profiles give you a good idea of what kind of person the company employs and indeed where the company is going next. Take special note of your interviewers LinkedIn, find out his likes and dislikes to really be able to gear yourself towards his preferences.

 

> Get An Interview Edge

Glassdoor's Interview Questions and Reviews section is an invaluable source of information for people looking for work. You can find out what people in a similar position to you were asked and get useful advice on how well or not so well the interviews went.

 

> Use Social Media

It’s an obvious one, but use social media to “stalk” your interviewer and company. Get a look at what they really like or dislike, removed from corporate jargon. Twitter & Facebook are the obvious ones, but try searching for Instagram, Youtube or Vine to get an idea of their cultural preferences.

> Google & Google News

Be sure to Google & Google News the company, you never know what might show up!

 

> Tap Your Connections

If you've got any friends or family in the company - however distant, be sure to use them! Ask them what the company is like, what kind of people they employ, how they operate etc.

 

2. Dress For Success

Interviews are really all about first impressions, and the first impression you're going to make is in how you're dressed. While people say they won't judge a book by its' cover, it's just simply not true, and certainly not true for an interview. Even though it might sound silly, what you wear can make or break you.

> Dress Appropriately

It's important not to under-dress, going to the interview looking like you've worn the same clothes for 6 months isn't going to win any awards anywhere. But it's important to remember overdressing can be just as much of a hindrance.

If you're wearing a tuxedo at an interview to be a P.E teacher, they're just going to think you're clueless. As the above point says, do your research, what kind of company is it, use your common sense as to what's appropriate.

 

> When In Doubt

If you really can't decide what the right thing to wear is, go smart casual. No one can really complain about smart casual, it's your safest bet and least likely to cause you any problems. A pair of good jeans or suit pants, smart shoes and shirt is a combo.

 

3. Fine-tune Your Interview Technique

A job interview is your chance to show people what you're made of, show them all those years in education or training haven't amounted to nothing.

What you say and how you say it is going to either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention. It doesn't take much to make an impression - good or bad - so it's important to know what you're doing.

 

 

> Know Yourself

Make sure you actually know what's on your own CV, you'll be surprised how many people go to an interview that don't know what they did at their old jobs or when they worked. It looks unprofessional and does nothing to endear an employer to you. Review your work history and make sure you're up-to-date and able to succinctly convey your CV when asked.

 

> What You Don't Say

While they say silence is golden, it's certainly not worth its’ weight in gold in an interview. What you don't say can - and will - be used against you.

If you're sitting mindlessly like a lemon or tapping away on your phone an employer knows instantly your customer interface will be poor, your concentration is probably lackluster and your enthusiasm or ingenuity is almost non-existent.

 

> What You Do Say

Make sure you speak clearly and audibly, if you’re mumbling the whole time it doesn't speak wonders for you confidence or personal appeal. Take your time and think about what you’re saying so it comes out direct and correct as opposed to fumbling over your words and shouting whatever comes to mind.

Be pro-active and polite, issue warm greetings and pleasantries where appropriate, question the interviewer to drive-home how much you're listening. Don't however interrupt the interviewer before they finish, it's just annoying and they won't praise you for taking the initiative.  

> Listen

A job interview, especially if you have to do hundreds, is sometimes not the most interesting thing on your calendar - perhaps it's even the least - and something you dread.

Nevertheless it's important to appear engaged and alert at all times. Make sure you're always listening and paying close attention to what the interviewer is saying. If you don't, you just know they'll catch you out with something!

 

4. Practice, Practice... Practice!

Interviewing technique is really all down to what you are like as an individual. Cookie-cutter styles will only get you so far, but it's really you as a person who is going to get you the job. You need to show personality and individuality, these can be incredibly difficult to convey if you're nervous or don't know what you're doing.

Take the time to do a mock interview, practice potential questions with a friend or even in front of the mirror, make yourself comfortable with the whole process and be sure when you present yourself, it's the best you can do. Otherwise you'll only leave feeling disappointed.

 

5. Follow Up

> Thank You!

No matter how dreary or disastrous an interview was, always take the time to thank the interviewer after the interview. It's important to do it both in person when you finish and by email 1-2 days after the process. 

You can use your thank you letter, as well, to address any issues and concerns that came up during the interview. You can also consider your thank you as a follow-up sales pitch. Restate why you want the job, what your qualifications are, how you might make contributions to the organization, and so on.

Your thank you letter is also the perfect opportunity to discuss anything of importance that you didn't answer as thoroughly as you would have liked during the job interview.

 

Keep in mind though, that your thank you note should be brief and to the point. A couple of short paragraphs are plenty. As always make sure it's presented well, formatted neatly and displays a professional aptitude. A scrawled .PNG email footer from paint isn’t going to convey the creative whizz-kid you thought it would! 

If you're still not feeling quite ready to take the interview by storm, check out these 36 great tips to help you prepare. Good luck!

 

 

 

James Clemmow
Marketing Assistant

 

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