Going through the recruitment process can take weeks, months and sometimes years of your time, trying to find the perfect job. Once you find the perfect job, there is an interview to follow.
For some, there are very few things in this world that can be more daunting than facing an interviewer you have never met before in your life, for a potential job, in a face-to-face interview.
There is a reason why job recruitment in Melbourne involves an interview process
Most people go into interviews with the impression that interviewers are scary people who want to make people’s lives miserable by asking a lot of questions.
On the contrary, job recruiters are just normal, everyday people, looking to hire candidates who possess certain qualities that will best fit the job description and the company’s culture.
If you, the interviewee, posses ‘said’ qualities, exude a whole lot of confidence and know exactly what you are talking about in the interview, you will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on the interviewer.
The purpose of an interview is simple.
For the interviewer:
- You are able to gain a glimpse into the way you present yourself.
- You are able to see how well you respond in impromptu situations.
- You are able to become acquainted with the interviewee.
- You are able to grasp what you can do for the company.
For the interviewee:
- You are able to assess whether your interests, qualifications and insights match the employer.
- You are able to assess the company culture and decide whether the company is fitting to your interests and personality.
- You are able to make a strong impression and allow for the interviewer to see your talents at face value.
- You are able to discuss career goals and see if your next move can turn into a career, not just a job.
Melbourne job recruitment experts share 9 tips to help get through your next job interview
- Research about the company:
Do your homework before your interview. Research the company to understand and know exactly what they are all about. Doing your research shows initiative and that you have a genuine interest in the company and what they have to offer.
Learning about the company culture and products or services they offer is a good place to start, as well as any recent events or activities the company has participated in.
- Know your resume
Your resume is all the interviewer knows about you so far, so expect them to ask questions about skills, certifications, qualities and past job experiences that you have listed on there. Now is the time to memorise each component of your resume so when you get asked a question in relation to a point you will not hesitate in your response.
Confidence is key and shows that you are the right person for the job. Speak eloquently about your previous experiences, giving examples of your skills in practice.
- Maintain eye contact
This is a very important quality to maintain. The moment you lose eye contact with the interviewer is the moment you lose their attention and, at times, their respect. They will be assessing your body language quite closely, so maintaining constant eye contact is very important, as it is one of the strongest forms of non-verbal communication.
Looking away in interviews tells the interviewer that you are uninterested, not confident or have low self-esteem which will be strong marks against hiring you.
- Body language
Much like maintaining eye contact, your body language is very important in an interview and will tell the interviewer a lot about your personality before you even say a word.
The first bit of body language that will be assessed is when you shake hands with or greet the interviewer at the beginning of the interview. The introduction is perfect for building that initial rapport with the interviewer and, as the old saying goes, ‘the first impression is a lasting one.’
The interviewer can also tell if you are confident, calm, anxious, or insecure through your body language so be wary of how you present yourself.
Straight posture shows that you are attentive and interested in what the interviewer has to say, as opposed to slouched which shows disinterest.
- Project well
Be loud and clear when you respond to questions. This tells the interviewer that you are confident in what you are saying and truly believe that you are the right candidate for the job.
Avoid speaking too fast or too slow, as this depicts nervousness and uncertainty which is the exact opposite of what the interviewer is looking for. Not being able to project your tone and volume of voice well in an interview can tell the interviewer that you may not be suitable in a work or public environment.
In this day and age, communication is a vital component across all industries and job types, so it is very important that candidates can possess the skills needed to ensure that all communication channels are clear and concise.
- Refrain from overusing filler words like “um”, “ah” and “like”
A filler word is a word, phrase or sound that has no direct meaning.
Using these words, phrases or sounds constantly identifies a pause or hesitation in your speech which highlights that confidence is lacking.
Filler words such as “um”, “ah” and “like” are not to be used frequently, especially when giving a response that the interviewer is expecting to be spoken with conviction.
- Be a team player
During your interview, the interviewer will ask you to speak about any scenarios in your past experiences that you have had to work in a team and had to face and overcome any challenges.
This is your opportunity to display your unique skills, so be sure to provide examples that will resonate with the interviewer. Give detailed examples of times you have had to overcome any obstacles as a team and what you did to contribute to it.
Do not leave it up to the imagination of the interviewer, detail is important because it is in those details that will set you apart from the other candidates.
- A bit of nerves are good
It is quite common to experience slight nerves before an interview, also known as the fear of the unknown.
If, however, you are entering an interview jittering with sweaty palms, the outcome will most likely not be in your favour.
It is how you learn to control the nerves and convert them into positive energy and confidence that will make all the difference.
Don’t sweat the small stuff; training your thoughts and sustaining your emotions to think positively will help you overcome any stressful situation.
- Dress appropriately
As a rule of thumb, dress corporately to interviews, irrespective of the job. For men, a suit and women a suit with pants or a skirt is often ideal.
Always dress in professional attire and, when in doubt, play it safe and dress conservatively.
Avoid wearing stark patterns or bright colourful clothing and stick to neutral colours. Black or white tops and black bottoms are a great combination.
- Ask the interviewer questions
When the interviewer is done asking you the questions, feel free to ask any questions about the role or company that you may have.
Asking questions shows initiative and that you are genuinely interested in the role. It is also a great opportunity for you to get a better feel of the role and the type of work you will be doing.
It is also a chance for you to discuss your pay, work flexibility and any long term goals that you may have.
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