12 August 2017

Going after the job of your dreams? 6 Tips to nail that interview! |Lippy In The City

I think it’s important that we enjoy our 9-5 jobs… to some extent. Granted, few jobs these days are perfect, but we spend so long at work I believe that it’s vital we find our roles fulfilling, challenging and rewarding if we can.

I’ve had friends that have hated their jobs, but have never had the confidence to take the plunge and go after something new. I find this so sad, because I honestly believe if you’re that unhappy in your job, there’ll be a new one out there just waiting for you to apply for it. Yes, it may take months, or even years for that new opportunity to come along, but if you don’t start looking for it, you’ll never find it.

I’ve had my fair share of different jobs over the last few years and I’ve been very fortunate to work with some fantastic companies and brands. I’d like to think I’ve become a dab hand at interviews along the way so I’d like to share with you my top tips on how to nail your interview, and get the job you really want...

1. This may seem like a really obvious one, but always be yourself in an interview. I can’t stress enough how important it is to not over sell yourself as the last thing you want is your new employer thinking you can do x, y, and z, when really you wouldn’t have the foggiest on where to start. It’s much better to be honest with your prospective employer and let them know certain areas that you might not be so ‘hot’ on because chances are if they want you enough, they’ll train you up to meet their standards once you start.

2. Be positive about your past roles. Please, please, please don’t slag off your previous employers as nothing looks more unprofessional. Yes, your old boss might have been a complete ass, you just don’t need to publicise that. It’s important that your tactful whilst discussing your previous employers to show that your mature enough to rise above what ever went down.

3. Again, maybe another obvious one but always take a copy of your CV and a portfolio of your previous work with you to your interview (portfolio if applicable to your new role). I've worked in Marketing for a few years now and I have a portfolio folder that I update whenever I’ve done something really unique or different at work that shows off different skill sets. By taking this portfolio to my interviews I’ve been able to give examples to my perspective employer of campaigns that I’ve done previously so that they can gain a feel of my working style and what I can do, this has on more than one occasion, set me apart from other candidates. When you have 100+ people vying for the same role, anything that can set you apart from the competition is a win!

4. Do your research. I've always researched the company I want to work for prior to my interview. I’d say 9 times out or 10 you’ll be asked ‘What do you know about X Company?’ and it looks so good if you’ve done your homework and looked into the business model. You don’t have to go massively in depth, just the basics such as when it was founded, their mottos and goals, and any unique facts that makes them stand out from their competition. Showing that you’ve made the effort will go a long way in terms of brownie points in your interview.

5. Dress-to-impress! It’s vitally important that you dress appropriately for the role you’re going for. If this means you need to be suited and booted, go looking suited and booted! I’ve seen so many candidates looking under dressed and too casual for the role they’re going after and it can leave a really bad impression. I believe that the first 30 seconds are enough to make an impression, make sure it’s a lasting one (for the right reasons!).

6. Lastly, make sure you answer all of the interviews questions to the best of your ability and use examples from previous roles to validate your answers. It’s hugely helpful if you can draw upon your past experiences to display to your interviewer how you've managed certain situations so they can understand how you’d cope within their company. Listen to their questions carefully and take your time answering. Your interview isn’t a race, and like I mentioned previously, you want to leave a lasting impression for all the right reasons.

I really hope these tips help you when you’re going along to your next interview. Remember to stay as cool, calm and collected as possible – You’ve got this! xoxo

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