myHRcareers Top Interview Tips!

Now before you roll your eyes and sigh ‘not another post on interview advice…’ pause for a moment and hear us out.  Can you really be too prepared for something that has the potential to change your life and career as you know it?  We didn’t think so either.
 
However, there is an ulterior motive.  The real reason we decided to re-visit this topic is we’ve just heard some great news that not only shows how important networking is, but also gives testament to the myHRcareers events we hold.  At our most recent networking party (see the recap here), we’ve just been informed that two attendees met during the course of the evening, and one invited the other to interview for an open position at their company!
 
We’re so excited when something like this happens as it really speaks to our mantra of providing aspiring HR professionals with the confidence and platforms to develop their careers and take the first steps in the professional direction they would like to go in.
 
So in honour of this occasion, we have decided to share our top interview tips to help out all those who are currently interviewing for new roles or plan to be doing so in the future.
 

Here are our best interview tips to land that new job.

1. Research.  You’d be surprised at how many people undervalue this step.  Before your interview, research standard interview questions and make sure you’ve got a firm grasp on the company and role that you’re applying for.  Have an idea of company culture and overall strategic direction the organisation has.  When you go for your interview, knowledge of the company and role will not only impress the interviewer, but give you time to tailor your elevator pitch to align with these.

2. Prepare.  Make sure you give yourself time to pratise answers to the questions you’ve researched, and know things like your strengths and weaknesses, why you’re best suited for the role, what sets you apart, etc. and try to squeeze out as much detail as you can so you can recall and expand on it later on.  On the day of the interview, know what you’re going to wear (it’s better to overdress than underdress!), re-read your CV, and don’t forget to grab a bite to eat so you’re not thinking about food every other minute!

3. Nail that first impression.  Whether you like it or not, people can develop a long lasting opinion of you within the first moments of meeting.  Assuming you’ve already dressed to impress, make sure you arrive on time, smile, give a firm handshake, maintain eye contact, and be able to engage in small talk.  Confidence is key, so if you don’t have it, fake it till you make it!

4. Stay calm.  We know how nerve-wracking interviews can be, especially when your future career is in the hands of the person in front of you!  However, the interviewer is only human, so take a deep breath and stay calm.  Listen intently, give honest answers, convey open and friendly body language, remember your manners, and remain positive!  As always, it doesn’t hurt to expect the unexpected so you’re not caught off guard.

5. Ask questions.  After your research and preparation, you should walk in with a few really good questions to ask the interviewer.  Avoid yes/no questions to demonstrate your keen interest.  In addition, take notes during the interview and ask for clarification on anything you feel needs a more explicit explanation.

 

 
Keep these tips in mind, do your best, be yourself, and everything will be fine.  Good luck!

 

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