It might be a cliché but being able to ‘sell yourself’ at an interview is vital to getting a job, however many candidates find it difficult to articulate their skills and experience and as a result, might miss out on a job they are perfectly capable of doing.
So how do you make someone want to hire you? How do you differentiate yourself from the other candidates and gain that edge over the competition? Below are some key principles for interviewing that may assist you….
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
It might seem obvious but make sure you prepare in advance for an interview. The better prepared you are the more confident you will feel, the more confident you feel the better you will perform! Below are some simple tips to follow
- Confirm the date/time and location for your interview, if possible do a dry run to the venue.
- Make sure you know who your meeting and their title (Director, Office Manager, HR Manager, etc.). If possible review the interviewers profile on LinkedIn, to give you an insight that individuals background.
- Your CV: make sure you know it inside out
Know your CV – be able to talk fluidly through the content, know your dates and be able to talk in detail about the duties of each role.
- Research the company: Visit the company website but don’t stop there, find out about their background, when they were established etc. Research the industry; find out what products and services the company offers and who their main competitors are. Have a look for any recent developments or news articles featuring the organization.
- Review the job description in detail: Ensure you have gone through the job description in advance and make notes as to how (if any) aspects of your current experience are relevant to the role you apply for. Ensure to make the interviewers aware if there are similarities.
Making a good first impression at an interview is very important, an employer will be assessing you from the minute you enter the room so make sure you dress smart and carry yourself with confidence.
- Dress professionally – always wear a business suit and keep any jewellery to a minimum.
- Body language – Employers will notice how you handle yourself, sit upright and alert, maintain eye contact, give a firm handshake and remember to smile!
Try to avoid using waffle, outline your past achievements and key strengths/skills but prepared to back up your claims with relevant and specific examples.
- Try to give relevant examples of when you’ve gone the extra mile to get a project finished.
- If describing yourself as ‘accurate with good attention to detail’ then prepare an example of being accurate and when your attention to detail saved a previous employer time/money. (if that was the case)