You’ve been invited to an interview? Congratulations, that is a big achievement! If you think it’s not, think again. How many applications do you think the recruiters and hiring managers have seen? Do not belittle your success but, also, make sure you don’t take it for granted – an interview is just an interview, it doesn’t mean you already got the job. You still need to pass the interview stage, and nowadays, that stage consists of several rounds of interviews.
A lot of people who opt for a professional CV writing service think that will lead them to the desired position. But actually, this is not really the case. It is only half true! Meaning, an optimized and professionally written CV will get you to the interview stage, but the rest is up to you. If you get a lot of replies to job applications and you get a lot of positive feedback, that means your CV and cover letter are good. So, we could say you got the first part figured out.
But what if you have a lot of interviews and you can’t seem to get past the first round? This can cause great disappointment and you can even start doubting yourself. If you are in this position, try following our tips and see how beneficial those are to you personally!
#1 Do your research
Surely, you’ve heard this one many times before. Nevertheless, it is important to emphasize it time and time again because people forget how much this can help! In today’s world, when all the information is right at your fingertips, there’s absolutely no excuse for you not to prepare for the interview. It is just a matter of will and desire. You need to learn as much as you can about the position you’ve applied for, the company, and the interviewers (if they are known to you).
#2 Connect with insiders
Maybe you know someone who knows someone and can get in touch with the person who is already working at the company you’re interviewing for. Don’t be shy, share what you’re up to on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn…reach out to people, and see what happens.
#3 Don’t change who you are
No matter what you learn about the company, position, or the interviewers, keep in mind (if successful) this will be your reality for the next who knows how long! If you get a job based on something you’re not, you will not be happy. It will be extremely difficult to pretend to be something you are not day in and day out and no one can do that for long.
#4 Be in the moment
Often, people talk too fast and don’t think about what they’re saying. They sometimes even don’t understand the question but proceed to answer it anyway. Interviews are a great opportunity for you to ask for clarifications and additional questions. This actually shows you’re really interested in the conversation and you want to respond in the best possible way. Breathe, listen carefully, and think before you open your mouth. Don’t let the nervousness get to you!
#5 Dress comfortably
Everyone’s talking about dressing appropriately, but no one mentions you have to be comfortable! Why? Because if you are not comfortable, you will keep thinking about the way you look instead of focusing on the interview itself. If you usually don’t wear high heels or you’re uncomfortable in suits – pick something else! There are plenty of professional-looking, comfortable clothes out there and you don’t have to do everything other people are doing!
#6 Take notes & reflect
As soon as your interview ends, sit down somewhere and write your observations, feelings, and thoughts about the interview. Replay what you were asked in your mind and share it with yourself in a form of notes, audio, or video recording.
Something that you’ll go over when you get home. Reflect on what you’ve noticed, e.g. When they asked me what my weakness is, I said I don’t like teamwork because rarely do people take responsibility for their share and one person ends up completing the whole task. They didn’t ask any follow-up questions so I don’t know if I was too direct and they decided they won’t take me or they agreed and had nothing to add. This can help you in the future!
Try these 6 things when you get your next interview invitation and let us know how it went! Don’t forget, there is always a human out there who needs to choose you. You’ve passed the “robot test” with your CV, now you need to figure out how to pass the “human test”. This should be easy, considering you’re a human, too.
If you need extra support, we encourage you to get in touch and book a one-off coaching session.