5 Interview Tips To Help You Get An Offer
There’s no magic wand when it comes to the art of interviewing. Sometimes they go well and sometimes they don’t. You might be having an off day, your interviewers may not be feeling it or perhaps the role just isn’t right in the first place. There are so many factors that can go for or against a candidate in an interview scenario, so we explore some of our top tips to help you make the most out of that short space of time:
Know your audience
You can gain a real advantage in an interview by having a good understanding of the interviewers and the culture of the organisation with which you are interviewing. It’s always good to do a bit of background research on your interviewers. You might be surprised to find that you have a few things in common. It can also provide you with a bit of insight into the career path they have taken to get to their current position; this can be reassuring if you’re not feeling confident about your own career history.
Sometimes people genuinely forget to do this and it can cause a significant amount of flapping in an interview situation. It’s crucial you appear calm and confident in an interview, as only in this state can you give your best performance. It is very easy to forget yourself and get worked up about an interview but there’s really no need. Whilst you’re waiting at reception, take a few deep breaths and work yourself into a relaxed state.
Answer every question
Some questions are going to be more difficult than others, and you’re likely to stumble at some point. Listen to every question very carefully and if you don’t understand it, ask your interviewer to repeat it. If they’ve used terminology that you’re not used to, you’re not going to lose points when you ask them to explain in more detail. If you interrupt questioning for any reason do it with confidence and conviction. Don’t flinch. Even if you’re dying inside you must not reveal this to the interviewer.
Practice makes perfect
Treat an interview like an exam. You wouldn’t go into an exam having not revised (well some people might) so why would you do this in an interview situation? It’s very important that you can touch all possible bases in the interview situation. Know your career history inside-out and be able to explain your path concisely and eloquently. Understand the parameters of the role that you’re interviewing for and ensure you’ve got plenty of evidence to back yourself as a suitable candidate for the position. It’s vital that you’ve done your research on the company as well and that you’re able to demonstrate this knowledge in your interview. It’s always worth checking out industry publications and websites as well so that you have an answer for any curve-ball questions, especially if the industry is new to you.
Perfect your handshake
It’s important that you get this right. Think about all the weak, creepy little handshakes you’ve endured in your life. The result is usually instant repulsion. Basically it’s just not worth ruining what might have been a great interview with a terrible handshake. Interviewers want to see that you’re confident and well-versed in basic social etiquette and a bad handshake can leave a nasty taste in the mouth. If you don’t know what your handshake is like, try it out on your friends and family and make sure they are honest with you. It’s not a difficult issue to rectify.
There are so many components to an interview that constitute to success. Remember to prepare, prepare, PREPARE. We have a wealth of careers advice and interview tips on OnlyMarketingJobs.com so brush up, make notes and walk into your next interview with confidence. If you haven't quite got to the interview stage, don't forget to check out all the latest marketing jobs today.