TIPS – The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

Let’s face it, interviews can be nerve-racking, but fear not! With the right preparation, you can turn that nerve-racking experience into a confidence-boosting triumph. Here’s a handy guide of do’s and don’ts to help you navigate the interview process like a pro. 

Do your homework 

Before your interview, research the company and its clients. Use Google and check out their socials to gather information about recent news and developments in their industry. Knowing about the company’s values and recent activities shows that you’re genuinely interested. 

Know thy interviewer 

If you know who will be interviewing you, then a quick LinkedIn search can give you valuable insights. It’s like having a secret weapon! Just remember to keep it professional. 

Know thyself

Be clear about your goals and what you’re looking for in a job. Have you read the job description thoroughly? Does the opportunity align with your aspirations? Asking the right questions can help you figure that out. 

Be humble, yet confident 

Confidence is key but remember to stay modest. There’s a difference in being confident in your abilities, and just bragging. Don’t say yes to experience you don’t have, or it might come back to bite you! Instead, be honest but spin it positively. Mention that you’ve done extensive research on the topic and are excited to expand your expertise. 

Avoid the mundane 

In your first interview, focus on showcasing your skills and fit for the role. Save questions about parking and salary for later. They want to know if you’re a good match for the role, not if you’re already planning your parking spot.

Punctuality and Professionalism

For in-person interviews, don’t just wing it! Map out your route and ETA so you can strut in right on time and make a killer first impression. When interviewing online, make sure you have a solid internet connection, a quiet environment and that the interviewer can hear you loud and clear. 

A few more tips for the road (to success):

  • Don’t bad mouth your current or previous employers. It’s like airing your dirty laundry in public – not a good look.
  • Listen carefully to the questions, and be sure to answer them succinctly. Say enough, but not too much. 
  • If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, keep calm and carry on! Don’t let it show to the potential new client. They want to see that you can handle pressure like a pro. 
  • Avoid name-dropping. This can be something that is seen as “bragging.”
  • Dress to impress. Smart-casual is a safe bet. 
  • If you have facial piercings, consider removing them for an interview with a ‘corporate’ company. (This can be assessed depending on who the client is. Your recruiter can advise if the client is receptive or very conservative). Ultimately, you want them to remember your skills, not your bling.
  • Don’t forget to take your laptop along so you can show your portfolio if you’re applying for a creative job. 

With these tips in your pocket, you’ll be ready to charm your way to your dream job!