Our top five job interview tips
It's easy to feel nervous at the prospect of a job interview – especially if you're coming back to work after a break. But the good news is, there are some simple things you can do to increase your chances of making it to the second round. Here are our top five job interview tips.
1) Do your research
It’s easy to do some basic background research, and if you don't, you're missing a trick. Even if you're already familiar with the company, it’s still worth looking at the company website for latest news, and seeing what results come up when you search for them. You could also ask for the names of your interviewers, and find out a bit about them as well.
2) Dress to impress
No one ever got rejected for looking too smart. Unless you’re applying for the hipster-est of hipster agencies, it’s worth making sure you look your best. It shows you're taking the process seriously, and that you have high standards.
3) Be clear about why you want the job
It's highly likely you’ll be asked why you want this particular job and it’s important to have your answer ready. Research it, if you're not sure. Find out why this company stands out, and why you might like to work for them. Look closely at the company culture and values and see if they match your own. Be enthusiastic; it counts for a lot.
And remember, if it's a flexible or part-time job, don't make that your reason. The fact that a job fits with your life won't make you stand out from the pack.
4) Showcase your skills and experience
Your potential employers will want to hear stories of where you’ve shone in the past and how you’ve dealt with tricky work situations. Ideally, you’ll be ready with two or three examples that will prove your experience in the field and illustrate why you’re right for the job.
So go through your CV carefully and think about any relevant situations in each job you’ve had. If you’re still struggling to come up with anything, talk to former colleagues.
5) Be clued up about the latest developments:
Finally, make sure you're up-to-date with any new trends and technologies in your sector. Even if you've been on a career break, you can still read trade news and publications, do some online research and meet up with friends and former colleagues who can fill you in. It will help you come across as informed and intelligent, and is certainly time well spent.