How to: Nail Your Next Interview03:01
Been trying to land a job recently but you haven't been so successful? Don't worry, you're time will come, and perhaps they were signs that it wasn't the right fit for you in the first place. Interviews are seen as both a good and a bad thing: good in the sense that you're nearly there, bad in the sense that you haven't got a clue what to expect. But, here are some handy hints that will hopefully land you that confirmation call you've been waiting for!
We're pretty sure this is a given, but I've recently asked my employers at my agency what their biggest pet peeves are with interviews, and it's that candidates don't know enough about the brand, and it's obvious. For instance, apparently one interviewee came in and when asked about why they want to work with the agency, they answered with clients who they don't work for. Awkward. Therefore, when applying for creative industries, make note of their clients, their recent projects and their strategies.
Remember, as much as we hate to admit it, it only takes seven seconds for someone to make an impression, and in those seven seconds, we barely have time to open our mouths and say "Hi, it's nice to meet you". With that said, don't rock up looking like you're either going to Westfield or Pacha. Stay tuned for our next post to see some ideas of what to wear!
Show Off Your Communication Skills.
We're pretty sure it's in your resume, and your interviewer is looking at it right now: 'Strong Communication Skills'. During your interview, it's important to make a positive connection with the interviewer, so perfect that 'good handshake', maintain your eye contact, don't be afraid to smile, perhaps tell a joke and exude confidence - all of this works towards engaging the person you're speaking with, and they'll love you for it.
There's actually a balance that you need to make when in an interview, and that's knowing how to talk 'enough' (you don't want to talk too much or too little). So, with that being said that doesn't mean you give them two worded answers or a short story about your life. Make sure you're responsive with the questions your given and ensure that you've fully answered what has been asked. Don't rush into answering, it's okay to take a few seconds to think about it. Don't word vomit!
You know that part at the end of an interview when they're like "Do you have any questions?" yeah, I always found that bit a little bit awkward. Back in my earlier days of first applying for practically everything, I always replied with "no" which I always hated because it made me sound like I wasn't really interested in the company. So, some safe questions to ask include:
- What do you like about working here?
- What are the prospects for growth and advancements?
- How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
- What's the office structure? Who does this position report to?