I am still working for the same company and the work level is the same, still a manager, but I’ll be in charge of a different department in a new branch that is currently being built.
As I’ve just done a successful interview and am currently conducting lots of group and one-2-one interviews to recruit our new work force, I thought a list of interview tips would be a great idea!
Although we do have checklists and guidelines within our company, these are mostly things that I personally look for when conducting interviews.
Top 8 interview tips.
1. Never underestimate the important of body language.
It’s okay to be nervous about an interview, I do find that if you have a few signs of being nervous, it can really say how much the job means to you. That being said, you need to be aware of some mannerisms that nervous people have and put a stop to them. Some can really distract from what you are saying. The biggest thing for me is covering your mouth or face with your hands. Some people naturally put their hand up to their mouth while walking which makes it hard to understand it also distracting. Try to have an open body language and make it easy for me to concentrate on what you are saying.
2. What you lookin’ at?
Eye contact can be important, but there is a difference between glaring at me. Especially if there is more than one interviewing, try not to focus all your attention on one person but talk to them both. You should only hold your gaze with the same person for a few seconds, then look away and then look back. Just look how you do it in natural conversation.
3. Are you listening?
Listen carefully to the question and try to answer it correctly. For example, if you’re asked to give an example of a time you have dealt with a certain situation, do try to give an example where you talk about a specific person or group of people, rather than giving a vague response. In a group interview I find what happens is, if one person answers the question incorrectly, everyone else will follow their lead and also answer in the same way. Although it’s okay to steer an answer towards something valuable you have to say, it needs to stay in context.
4. There’s more than one person!
If it’s a group interview, do not be afraid to talk to other people in the interview and make eye contact. More often than not, I find people will look at the table, their hands or the interviewers while somebody else is speaking. Don’t forget to pay attention to others in the interview and even talk to them, even if it’s just locking eye contact and saying ‘I agree with that’. We’re not just looking for how amazing you answer the questions, but how you also interact with people you don’t know – like you would have to in a customer setting. If it isn’t a group interview, but there’s more than person in the interview, ensure you acknowledge them too!
5. Look the part.
Be really careful about what you choose to wear. You may not have to come suited and booted to every interview, but go for smart/casual clothing. Avoid jeans, trainers and overly bright colours/patterns. You want to give off the impression that you’ve made an effort when you’ve come to the interview, not that you’ve just turned up in clothes that you would wear when nipping the supermarket.
6. Cakey face!
Keep your makeup natural. You don’t want to go all aloud and have smokey eyes, heavy bronzer and bright lips. Stick to natural and earthy colours when it comes to eyeshadow, and subtle shades when it comes to blush and lip colours.
7. Ask a question.
Try to ask a question at the end of the interview. Not many people as questions so when they do, it really shows an interest in the job, drive and confidence. If you can’t think of anything, there are general questions you can ask such as:
- Are there chances to progress within the company?
- What type of contract is it?
- Is there the opportunity for overtime?
- What is the training program like?
- Can I get feedback on how the interview has gone?
8. The customer is always right.
If you are applying for a job in a customer setting, great customer service is probably the driving force of the business. You need to describe great customer service and how you would go over and beyond to help the customer to make them leave feeling like you’ve really taken the time to answers any questions or solve any problems they may have.
What are your best interview tips?