That’s a whole lot of interviews, so it’s safe to say we have a fair bit of experience when it comes to the things to do, what works, what doesn’t, and what to avoid. And while there’s no magical ingredient that will guarantee you a job, there are things that you can do in an interview to give you the best chances for success.
Yes, this is the obvious one and you may be rolling your eyes, but give us a second. The amount of people who go into interviews and transform into a completely different person is remarkable. Nerves get to them, the pressure builds, and people assume they have to act a certain way in order to get the job. There is the assumption that ‘professionalism’ rules, and therefore, stuffy language, suits and ties and no humor is the way to go. It’s not, it’s really not. In a changing business world that wants to hire for cultural fit, it’s imperative that you let your personality shine through in the interview, and if they don’t like you for who you are, you probably don’t want to work for that business.
Speak in stories
We don’t always remember facts and figures, but as humans, we always remember stories. We connect in stories, and ultimately, it’s how we form relationships. When you’re in an interview, try to relate as many of your points to stories from your life to leave a lasting impression on your interviewer that will make you relatable. There’s no value in spitting out data they’ll later forget.
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Know your stuff
Of course, you’ll research the company before you go to interview, but a quick 5 minute Google search does not count as good research. Look up other sources apart from the company website and see what’s going on in industry news and other publications. Use Google Alerts to keep you updated with current news of the company and search their online sites to get an idea of their culture.
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Don’t apply the pressure
We always tell people that there is so much going on behind the scenes that you don’t know about, so there’s really no point in piling on the pressure. You’ll just stress yourself out, and nobody needs that. Companies have hidden agendas, power struggles are ongoing, and people interview to maintain a perception of hiring all the time. Things are going on that you have no control over, so don’t worry so much when you’re in the interview. Be yourself. Be friendly and communicate your skills, but there’s no need to start sweating in panic or having sleepless nights over it.
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