Top 10 Job Interview Tips for Job Seekers

You’ve got a foot in the door with your killer resume and video profile, now there’s just one more hill to climb on the way to your dream job – the interview. Job interviews can seem overwhelming and stressful, but they don’t have to be - a little bit of knowledge and preparation will go a long way to helping ensure you put your best foot forward.

To help get you started, we’ve put together a list of our top ten job interview tips:

1. Research the company

Learn as much as you can about the company and the industry in which they operate. Visit their website and take some time to read through annual reports, media releases and product and service information. Look for additional sources like business journals and newspapers, and find out who their major clients are and the names of people in key positions.

Use this information to come up with some simple yet compelling reasons as to why you want to work for the company and what appeals to you about the role.

2. Research the role

Make sure you have a good understanding of the job requirements for the position; that way, you can be prepared to explain how your previous experience has prepared you for these duties.

If there is a contact provided in the job advertisement, give them a call and try to talk to someone who knows about the role. Ask them to describe what a typical day or week in this position might be like, and see if you can determine which of the employer’s required skills are most important so you know where to direct your focus.

3. Research yourself

Employers appreciate interviewees who are self-aware and clear about their goals. Have a think about your past achievements, how you went about achieving them and the skills you developed or demonstrated along the way.

Reflect upon what you have done to build your strengths and overcome your weaknesses, and consider how this position fits in with your long-term carer goals.

4. Practice answering questions

There are a number of standard questions that are likely to come up in most interviews; research common interview questions and practice answering them out loud. Avoid memorising your answers though as you can never really predict what questions will come your way – listen carefully and be sure you are really answering the question that is being asked.

Here are a few examples of commonly asked interview questions:

  • “Tell me about yourself”
  • "Can you give me an example of your creative/managerial/organisational skills?"
  • “Why do you want to work here?”
  • "Tell me about a time when you have dealt with conflict in the workplace"
  • “What would you say are your greatest strengths?”

5. Dress appropriately

It may seem obvious, but it is important to ensure that you are presentable and well groomed. Being overdressed is better than being underdressed, but if you’re really not sure what to wear, give the company’s receptionist a call to ask what the dress code is.

Keep your hair tidy, your shoes clean and your accessories to a minimum.

6. Think about your body language

Don’t let your body sabotage the impression you’re trying to convey; fidgeting or staring at the floor is the surest way to undermine your confidence in the eyes of your interviewer. Take deep breaths, stand tall, maintain eye contact and – most importantly – smile!

7. Ask your own questions

Interviewers welcome intelligent, thoughtful questions from interviewees. Come up with two or three questions of your own that relate specifically to the role or the company’s services.

However, don’t ask about salary during the interview – this is something to negotiate after you have been offered the role.

8. Arrive early

One of the easiest ways to make a bad first impression is to show up late to a job interview. Leave much earlier than you need to so you have enough time to compose yourself beforehand and think about what you want to say.

9. Relax

Job interviews can be extremely nerve-wracking. Be yourself and try to enjoy the experience as much as possible – if you can relax, you are much more likely to establish a good rapport with the interviewer.

10. Follow up

After the interview, follow up with a letter or email to thank the company for the interview and restate your interest in the position.

Now, it’s time to cross your fingers and wait - good luck!