Yay! Congratulations, you’ve been invited for an interview...what now?
The minute you receive that call/email, your interview has begun. Below are a few tips, based on my experience and that of many others (I’ve done a bit of reading and a bit of interviewing, and a bit of being interviewed), that prove to be super helpful in the interview process.
- Be yourself. If you’re a bit of a nerd and you enjoy spending your weekends watching Lord of the Rings, then let that shine through. Being authentic is a breath of fresh air to anyone. So brush your teeth and be that breath of fresh air. (No seriously, brush your teeth...)
- This should be number one, but your interview has already begun...so...follow up with a ‘thank you’ mail. Keep it short and sweet but express your gratitude and ask whether you should bring anything along. Don’t quote any elvish...I know I said that you must be yourself but not everyone understands the beautiful language like you and me.
- Research the company and get a feel for the culture - that way, you’ll know whether you should wear a tux/1960’s ball gown to the interview or whether semi-formal would suffice. Most of the time it’s the latter, but it’s good to make sure.
*once I went to an interview in, what I thought was my best attire. The interviewer told me I was underdressed….I was wearing a tux. Okay, not really but I was looking snazzy AF.
- Back to nr 3, In doing research on the company, find out as much information as possible so that you don’t go into the interview blind (you may get asked why you’d like to work for the company) and I need not explain why a good answer is important
- In your preparations, research ‘commonly asked interview questions’ and then rehearse these. Pretend that you’re being interviewed by your pet, or your pillow or your best friend. Just practice, practice, practice.
The time has come...duh duh duuuuuuh!
- Make sure that you’re there 10 - 15 minutes before the start time. If you’re there any earlier, you’ll come across as a bit too eager and will make your interviewer feel rushed. No one likes that. If you’re there any later, well, I don’t really have to go into that, do I?
- If they offer you something to drink, rather don’t ask for a Frappuccino. Keep it simple. I always just go with water.
- It’s interview time - I’m not going to coddle you through this but just smile and be nice.
- It’s cool to use hand motions when speaking but don’t go all magician on the interviewer(s). But...don’t be a statue either. Smile. Laugh. Be natural. Crack a joke here and there 🙂
- Keep your answers concise - you’ve rehearsed right? Most of the questions will be the same, one way or another. Just don’t be a chatty cathy, which takes me to point 4
- Try not to veer off path, in your answers. Answer the questions, with a little bit of ‘meatiness’ but still keep it short and simple.
- Do not be afraid to shoot back. Okay, perhaps that’s too aggressive. You’re allowed, in fact, it is expected that you have questions for the interviewer(s). We’ll cover that in the next blog.
- After your interview is complete, it’s a really nice touch to send a short ‘thank you for your time’ mail. It’s not imperative, but it will help in getting the interviewer to remember you. Even if you send it through to the person who invited you, but isn’t the person who interviewed you.
*Hardly anyone does this so it will really add some extra shine.
So, perhaps a little long winded but we promise that if you do as we say, we will not lead you astray...see what I did there?