When it comes to securing a job, interview behaviour and ettiquette
The days leading up to the interview are just as important as the big moment, and although you’re likely to get butterflies in your stomach regardless of what you do, with top
If you’re lucky enough to have been invited for an interview, consider these five things to give yourself the best chance at employment.
Research the position and company inside-out
While it’s understandable that you might not know the business like the back of your hand, having a strong comprehension of the company culture, the history (name of CEOs, the year it was founded, etc.), its mission statement, and any recent goals or headlines in the news are all vital to know. The official website and relevant social media pages will usually give all the info you could ever need, so trawl through these and learn as much as you can. Companies like to know you’re not just here because you need a job for the money.
Additionally, ensure you’ve read and re-read the job description dozens of times. There are specific points in the description that will always come up in an interview. If you’ve already prepared some answers, you’ll spend less time looking around the room trying to think up a reply.
Look the part
They say looks aren’t everything, but they do mean a lot in a job interview. It’s difficult to take in earnest someone with dishevelled hair, an untucked shirt and untied shoelaces? For men, it’s hard to go wrong with a fresh haircut, suit, tie, and shiny shoes (Brogues or Oxfords are perfect). When it comes to hairstyles for women, there are plenty of professional looks which are great when matched with a bow blouse, skirt, black tights, dark pumps, and perhaps a blazer to top it off. What’s more, ensuring you have a great outfit and hairstyle before the interview will help boost your confidence.
Work on your body language
Having good posture is important, which means a bit of yoga and exercise before the interview couldn’t do much harm. Sitting with your back straight in the chair and hands clasped on the table or lap is a classic pose, but it may need some work if you haven’t had many interviews before. Whatever happens, you definitely don’t want to be slouching in your chair, or sitting forward with your arms crossed.
Make sure your social media is squeaky clean
Many employees and even celebrities have lost jobs because of what they’ve posted on social media – even if it was many years ago. Your potential employer will definitely look at your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to ensure you’re not a liar, racist, homophobe, sexist, etc. Delete any picture or status update that you think is a bit controversial or unnecessary – your career is more important than those 10 likes you got.
Question your interviewer
Finally, have around 3-4 good questions prepared for whoever is interviewing you, because as sure as night follows day, you’ll be asked, “So, do you have any questions for us?” It will always happen, and companies actually prefer for you to have a few questions ready. Asking about opportunities for career development is a great start, as is finding out about what extra-curricular activities the company gets up to (fun runs, monthly drinks, paintball, football, etc.). It’s fine to ask about salary, but don’t be too eager to discuss just the money.
So, now you just have to ace the interview. Good luck.