Top Temps Tips to crack that interview!
So, you searched for the job you’ve been dreaming about for a while.
You filled in the online application form (twice, as you missed out loads of bits) and sent it in, finally, after dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s and making sure your grammar was spot on.
You waited (for what felt like an eternity) to hear from your prospective employer, all the time wondering whether you got the e-mail address right and thinking about your experience for the post. Is it for you? Do you really want it? Did you spell everything right?
And then, just when you lost all hope of hearing from them, you receive an e-mail – or better still, a phone call – from your possible future boss’ PA asking you to come in for a formal interview.
Mini-fist pump time! You’re a step closer, but once your heart rate returns to normal you have to navigate a possible minefield of questions, etiquette and how to get through what could be the most important hour of your life.
Don’t worry though (although we know you will) as here at Temps we have some helpful tips for overcoming anxiety and impressing at the interview stage.
Dress to impress
If you look great, you’ll feel great. This is the general rule. But if you think you look great by wearing ripped jeans, a worn Metallica t-shirt from their world tour in 2004 and a pair of old Converse then you’re in for a shock. For women, avoid patterns or anything garish, go plain to go safe. Remember, it’s an interview, not a catwalk. For men, sober colours are good and always go cotton over linen as this reduces the creases. For ties (as you should really always wear a tie) again, go plain and avoid the interviewer going googly eyes with a weird pattern.
Research, research, research!
Unless you intend to wing your interview (and we recommend you DON’T) make sure you are up to speed on the company you intend to work for. What they do; when they were established; an idea of their structure; their competitors; their industry; any charitable organisations they are affiliated to, that sort of thing. Ideally, you should have done this by the time you sent in your initial application but if you haven’t, make sure you gem up as this will be expected. If you fail to prepare then prepare to fail.
“Why should we hire you?” It’s probably the most common question in every interview, and one most interviewees will trip up on. It’s best to refer to the job description at all time and make a mental note of what the employer “wants” or “desires” from the employee and you can use these in reference to your answer. Another tip is what you can do for the company, what traits you have that you think make you different from the rest and makes you shine. And avoid clichés where possible. Being “hard-working”, “reliable” and “working well under pressure” doesn’t impress as they’ve heard it millions of times. Be unique, be you.