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Over the past 8 months I’ve written a lot about listening to your heart and following your dreams, for some people this has meant finally going after their dream job. Seeing as I’ve done my fair share of spruiking about it, I thought I better help you prepare for it too. So here it is; my guide to landing your dream job!
Let’s assume you’ve adequately and successfully pimped your CV and those crafty recruiters have worked out you’re a good candidate for the role. Now comes the scary bit, walking in there and nailing the interview.
I’ll be honest and say I’ve walked into an interview with the view of ‘winging it’; needless to say it didn’t go so well. Getting to know the company you want to work for is a must if you want to show them you are committed to working for them. Try thinking of a job interview as a marriage proposal, it wouldn’t go so well if you just threw the ring box at them and said “Wanna do this thing?” You need to be prepared and know your stuff to pull this thing off with class and convey how genuine you are about getting the job.
Jump on their website and research the company, learn what they are about and know as much as you can about the industry they are in. Not only will this show them you really do want the job, but it will give you a better idea about whether you want to work for them too.
Think about who you are and what you want. Most importantly, believe in yourself and back yourself. Interviewers love to talk to people who are self-aware and know themselves.
Have a think about your strengths and weaknesses and be prepared to talk about them with the interviewer, this will demonstrate your ability to learn and grow. Make sure you are able to articulate what skills you have gained through knowing your own strengths and limitations. I know how hard it can be to sit there and talk about yourself and how great you are, but it’s really important you do it. If you don’t tell the interviewers how great you are, who else will? The next candidate? Nah-ah, no way. The interview is your chance to shine and fight for the job you want, so don’t hold back.
Prepare yourself mentally for being on the spot and being asked lots of questions, there’s no point trying to hide from it because it’s happening yo! There are some standard questions that people ask at interviews so research online and find out what they are. Practice answering them clearly and honestly, do it in the mirror if you have to, saying it out aloud while you’re alone will make it feel more natural when you have to say it out aloud in front of strangers.
Don’t memorise your answers but be prepared to be asked. During the interview listen to what they are asking you and ensure you answer the question they are asking you. If you are going for a job through a recruitment agency, such as One Key Resources, then know what they are about and the types of companies they employ workers for.
This is one instance where your leopard print onesie isn’t appropriate, sorry hombre. It may seem like a given that you shouldn’t wear hot pants and flip-flops to an interview but you’d be surprised at how many people actually do. It’s more than that though, dressing appropriately means knowing the job you are being interviewed for and dressing accordingly. My grandma always said you should dress for the job you want to have, which has always stuck in my mind.
A good way of getting an idea about the dress requirements for a particular job is to phone the receptionist and ask. When it comes to make-up, less is more, and don’t over accessorize (sorry buddy, no feathered head pieces). Most importantly, ensure your clothes are clean and your hair is tidy.
Plan to arrive early so you won’t be rushing, this will make sure you have enough time to compose yourself and prepare before you go in for the interview. Nobody wants to be a frazzled mess right before they go into an interview. Taking that extra time to be there a bit before your interview will allow you to be relaxed, this means you get the best out of yourself and have a better chance of landing the job. It also means you have time to listen to ‘Eye of the Tiger’ on your iPod before you walk into the building.
At the end of the day, nobody can laugh at you for having the courage to believe in yourself and go for the job. Remember to back yourself and leave any insecurity at the door. I like to picture myself as Beyoncé strutting down that stage at her Super-Bowl performance, ready to rock the show (I’m not even joking).
What are your top tips for nailing a job interview? Ever had a funny job interview experience?
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