If you’ve ever wondered how do better in interviews, you’re not alone. 1.3 billion other people have searched this on google too. It’s an important question because we all want the best jobs we can get. But if you ask around for interview advice, you’ll probably get a lot of different answers – with some being less helpful than others: “Dunno, people just like me mate”, “just be confident”, “smile and you’ll get the job”. Luckily, there are a few tips that 99% of people would recommend and that you should take going forward.
1) Research the role before you visit.
Interviewers look for confident people who are genuinely interested in the role they’re going for. If you can talk in depth about what you’ll be doing and why you want to do it, you’ll look good – if you can’t, you won’t. Everybody knows the clown who thinks that they can walk into any interview and get the job they want – don’t be that guy. Do as much research as you can on the role & the company and look online for other people’s experiences of interviews for the role you’re applying for (places like Glassdoor are great for research).
2) Prepare a list of questions to ask.
If you’ve ever read How To Win Friends and Influence People, the overriding message is to take an interest in people. It applies here. Asking questions shows that you’re interested and care about both the job and the person interviewing you. Three examples I can give you now:
- What do you like about the job?
- What skills do you look for in a good employee?
- What’s the next step?
3) Dress Professionally and Be Well-Groomed
Most importantly, dress appropriately. This means that if you’re going for a retail role in a shoes store you probably don’t need to wear a suit and tie; but if you’re going for a role in a bank you shouldn’t turn up wearing jeans. Use discretion but, if in doubt, it is better to overdress.
In terms of grooming, discretion is necessary too: but just go in looking your best because first impressions count.
4) Arrive a Few minutes Early
Recruiters often advise arriving fifteen minutes early. Arriving early means many things:
- You appear keen and organised to your prospective employer.
- Rather than being flustered from arriving “just in time”, you’ll go into your interview relaxed and ready to go.
- If you aim to be early, the worst you’ll be is on time (unless something very unlucky happens); if you aim to be on time, you might just be late.
Maintain eye contact and interest
5) This is another basic psychology lesson. Words make up just 7% of communication; 38% of communication is conveyed by tone of voice; the remaining 55% is body language. The accuracy of these numbers has come under question; however, there is no doubt that body language is the most effective form of communication. Eye contact is a huge factor in body language. Eye contact implies that you are trustworthy, confident and actively listening. Who would want to hire someone who isn’t confident, trustworthy and doesn’t listen?!