Prepping for an interview whilst not a complicated task, is fundamental to the success of how the day goes.
Having a good breakfast, knowing where you’re going and researching a company itself is essential, but finding ways to prep online can often follow the same pattern. Dress smart, research the company, it is nothing we all haven’t heard before.
Let’s flip this conventional advice on its head and focus on some important aspects that are not as commonly shared.
Let’s highlight some areas and interview tips, no one has told you before.
Image Is Everything
Let’s make something very clear, companies do genuinely care about image, more than you think.
A good tip is to ask your recruitment consultant what you should wear for the interview. There is nothing wrong in asking how you should present yourself to others. One company that endorses a shirt and a tie, maybe completely opposite for another company that is happy with a shirt and jeans.
Fitting the company profile can go a long way. You have to be the right person for the company.
It is so much more than just skills, it goes way deeper than people may think.
Showing an interest and the company itself, not just the salary is essential, and will make you stand out during the interview process. Fitting the right atmosphere of the business is also critical, both for the employer and the employee and will make a significant impact when choosing the right job for you.
Yes, People Look At Your Social Media Accounts
Before an interview, the employer has already spent time with your CV.
They know the version of you that you have typed out, but they don’t know the person behind the paper yet.
This is what you need to present, not just your skills in industry. Social media can play a key role in this too – if you have an online presence, it has to be suitable for an employer to view. Because they can, and they will see everything the internet has on you.
It is a fact of life, people will look at others Facebook profiles and make a decision on that basis alone, before anything becomes face to face. The social rants, political bias and delicate views can go against you. According to Society For Human Resource Management 84% of employers recruit via social media, and 43% of employers screen job candidates through social networks and search engines.
Let’s flip things the other way round, if you show your true self and the interviewer finds smart, funny and interesting content, on your social spaces, then this can support you.
Likeability Can Be Your Special Move
Likeability is something that shines in unlikely circumstances.
Small things may be noted by others, such as a smile in reception or opening the doors for someone. Feedback goes straight back to the employer, and people will always hear what you are saying.
You never know who people in the building might be. Manners will be noted, impressions always count.
Deal With Awkward Interview Situations In Your Favour
Interviewers do have some unconventional questions ready for you. What animal would you be? What colour best represents you? Why did you choose that tie today?
You might be asked what your worst trait is. Here is a tip, choose something with a secret positive. For instance, a constant belief in precision brings it back to a selling factor towards you.
There is no such thing as a closed interview question. There is always going to be a chance for you to keep on talking and really sell yourself.
Context is key, so you must always be able to relate your experiences and selling points to the questions you have been asked. When you can connect a question to your own experience, it can put you in place of strength.
Showing Yourself In Your Best Light
If you ask any interviewer how they want you to come across, the answer is of course be yourself. But there is more to this than the cliché it sounds like.
It maybe obvious but not swearing is a huge no, no, even if an interviewer throws in a few expletives. Perhaps they want to see how your react? Be yourself but also be professional, because your personality will show in the workplace.
As a tip, always be grounded and try not to be over confident, as it is more than likely you won’t come across in the right way. Show that you have dreams and aspirations and want to grow within the company.
Let’s Round Up
There is a lot to think about when going for an interview, but remembering the little things can go a long way.
No set formula exists on how to perform perfectly and get the job, but showing the employer who you are both professionally and personally can and will put you in a good position.
After all, once you have secured an interview, you’ve got something special about you and employers just want the chance to see this for themselves.