6 Top Tips For Job Interviews
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At Michael Wisher we interview thousands of people every year. Whether on the phone or face to face, we are experienced at hiring staff and the interview process. We understand how people might feel during interviews - they can be stressful, nerve-wracking and slightly alien if you are inexperienced in the process. Therefore, we thought we would share our expertise and outline our 6 top tips for job interviews.
Research, Research, Research
It cannot be underestimated how important researching all about your potential employment is. In order to better understand the interview questions and the employer you should conduct research about the company, the job requirements and the interviewer themselves. This preparation will give you a great foundation for the interview itself. The company’s website is a good source for information, as is Linkedin and using search engines.
Know the Common Interview Questions & Prepare Appropriate Responses
This is part of your general research and is particularly important if you are relatively inexperienced at interviews. Many questions interviewers will ask you are very general and will be asked in interviews across the country, across different industries. You need to research these and determine which of them are relevant to the job you are applying for. Then, you need to prepare specific examples - work or personal - of when you have demonstrated an ability to answer the question they are asking.
For example, the interviewer might ask you - How do you handle stress and pressure? Here you could give an example of a incident at work where you encountered a stressful situation and overcame it. Perhaps there was an accident at the restaurant and you had to take charge of the service on short notice, or maybe a client sprung a tight deadline on you overnight. A tangible example will impress your interviewer much more than saying “I deal very well under pressure”.
First impressions count for a lot in the world of employment. It is better to be overdressed than underdressed, and make sure your clothes are clean and ironed. If possible try to wear clothing that fits with the company culture. Depending on the company you may want to not wear excessive amounts of jewellery or accessories. For example, when we interview our waiting staff for events, we like to know they understand why it is important to dress formally.
Arrive on Time, Ready to Interview
Try to arrive at least 15 minutes early for an interview. This gives you enough time to take in your surroundings, focus yourself and mentally prepare for the next hour or so. There is not much worse than feeling rushed and stressed going into an interview. Plus, arriving late for an interview is inexcusable and looks terribly bad on you as a candidate.
Body language is something that, if done well, makes you look supremely confident, natural and engaging. If done poorly it can immediately make you seem undesirable as a candidate, lacking in confidence and unable to deal with people in pressure situations.
Stand up straight, hold a firm handshake and make enough eye contact without seeming too intense. Demonstrate active listening by nodding and reacting to what they say accordingly. It may sound simple or something you may do naturally but implementing these small changes will make the world of difference. For example at Michael Wisher, if we are hiring hospitality staff we need to know they are going to represent the company appropriately when talking to customers. A positive attitude and a friendly smile is a must at Michael Wisher!
Thanking the interviewer after you interview is very important, but is something most people will do naturally out of politeness. A follow-up email is something not everyone in the process will think to do.
Email the employer thanking them for the opportunity to interview and for taking the time to consider your application. Outline briefly why you are ideally suited for the position and the company, and that you look forward to hearing from them soon. This technique will not necessarily seal the deal and get you the job, but it will give you a slight edge over candidates that have not shown the consideration and interest to follow-up their interview.
There you go, these are our 6 top tips for job interviews. We hope you have found them useful enough to understand and take out into the world of employment. If you wish to join the Michael Wisher Team, contact us today!