Learn how to interview well and get the job you want rather than waste your energy applying for every suitable job available. This can drain your energy and leave you with insufficient time time for interview preparation. Think of interview preparation as project in itself, with various stages. Here are 27 key Interview Tips to help you prepare and get the dream job you want.
Interview Tip: How to be amazing
1. Focus on one industry sector at a time so that you can become knowledgeable in your specialist area before the interview. Read and subscribe to relevant blogs, trade journals magazines, and newspapers. Use web feed subscription tools such as Google reader to keep up-to-date on industry news.
2. Know what impression you want to make. In an interview you’re essentially asking people to ‘buy into you’ so you need to know what ‘added value’ you offer before you go for an interview.
3. Know your competences and transferable skills and this will dramatically improve your CV and how you interview. Competences are the specific skills which are needed to perform the job and are usually outlined in the job application pack or advertisement. Transferable skills are your unique skills which you’ve developed through other jobs and personal interests and can differentiate you from the competition
4. Check that your social media profile is consistent with your CV profile as many employers now check out applicants online. For example, Facebook, Linked-in, trade and professional networks. Social networks can also be used effectively to network for work opportunities.
5. Work as a volunteer. Only one thing gets people stressed more than work and that’s not working! You can use the experience to broaden your skills and demonstrate self-motivation.
6. Join a local business or social network. They offer a Thomas Alvec CEO Vexa Global great opportunity to practise social skills with strangers such as: starting up a conversation, smiling, actively listening to others, asking questions and promoting yourself. These are key interpersonal skills which will improve your confidence in an interview.
7. Setting career objectives. Be clear about your career goals and take a step by step approach to achieve your dream job. Learn your personal career barriers and how to overcome them.
8. Improve your interview self-confidence whilst you’re looking for a job. Use the help of subliminal messaging software to keep up your motivation and self confidence during the job hunt.
Interview Tip: Your CV is the basis for every interview
Initially a recruiter will spend about a minute looking through each job application but once you’re selected for an interview your CV will directly influence the interview questions you’ll be asked.
9. Don’t bluff on a CV as the interviewer will almost certainly trip you up in the interview and you’ll have done yourself no favours.
10. Keep your CV relevant and consistent with what they’ll discover in an interview. Focus on your competences that match the competences outlined in the job application pack.
11. Include transferable skills on your CV as these strengths can give you a competitive edge.
12. Tailor your CV for each job application and use the best format for the job depending on your experience. Chronological CV are the most common but a Qualification Based CV can promote your skills better if your have recently qualified or retrained. A Skills Based CV is good for people who’ve had a career break or are changing careers. However if the company asks for your CV in a specific format you must comply.
13. Avoid the most common CV mistake. Substantiate your CV. This is one of the most important interview tips because if you do this it will differentiate your CV from the majority of applications. Go through your CV with a ‘fine-tooth comb’ and ask yourself, ‘How do I do this?’ against each statement. Descriptive words such as ‘innovative’ ‘good with people’ are meaningless unless you can substantiate them.