Many of us can probably re-call with a shudder, the memory of a job interview not going as you planned. In my case, it came in the form of an unexpected ‘sell me this pair of gloves’ demand in an interview for a retail outlet in my earlier years on the job hunt scene. I was not expecting this question and immediately began unravelling at the prospect of this role play situation.
This leads into my first point, let nothing be unexpected.
Do Your Research
This eliminates any chance for unwanted ‘surprises’ in an interview.
Glass Door is an amazing site that gives insight and reviews of companies from employees or others. It also has reviews from people who have done interviews for that company and can detail the process.
Listen To What Is Asked
It can be quite easy to miss a question in a job interview. Your nerves distract you, you’re constantly thinking of your next answer and this can prevent you from hearing a question. If you are not quite sure how to answer a question, ask them to rephrase or repeat it for you. Equally, If you need more time to think about the answer you wish to give, just request a moment to gather your thoughts, this is perfectly fine. Do not start a tangent just to fill the time.
Ask A Killer Question
This can leave a great impression with your interviewer If you get it right. Ask a question that makes them think, and infers that you have researched the company. I like to ask about a particular statistic they have quoted for CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives. This shows that you have done your research and that you’re interested in the companies extra-curricular’s.
So next time you go into that job interview, nail that gloves scene! Listen and respond effectively and wow them with a question that stands out.