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Six tips for interview success

‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ It’s a question we all asked ourselves over and over again as we entered high school, selected our studies and repeatedly thought about what the future might hold. But nowhere in that dream was the realisation that, when it came to securing our dream job in the real world, we might face tough competition in the form of, often, tens of other eager candidates.

Indeed, just yesterday news broke that job vacancies in Australia slumped to an all-time low in November last year. And, as unemployment continues to rise, that adds up to more people fighting for fewer positions. Suddenly, it’s not enough simply to have a string of straight As and university awards.

So what can you do to stand out from the crowd? When it comes to securing your all-important dream job, here are six top tips to help you stand head and shoulders above the rest at interview stage.

1. Do your homework

Knowing about the company is relevant so do your research. With company websites and online portfolios, twitter feeds and facebook accounts, there’s no excuse to turn up to interview not knowing your stuff. Becoming familiar with the products, services and goals of your dream employer will definitely help take you to the next step.

2. Be on time

Organising a stream of interviews can take monumental effort on the part of your future employer – ensuring the right people are in the right place at the right time is often no mean feat. So being on time shows them you respect their own busy schedules. And remember, turning up an hour early is often as bad as running an hour behind.

3. First impressions

Just like being on time, being nice to everyone you meet from the moment you enter the building will help establish a good first impression. Your ability – or lack of – to converse and engage other people will leave a lasting impression. Of course, part of making a good impression is dressing approproiately. Whilst it often rests of what industry you’re entering, a clean, respectful and professional appearance and positive body language are part of the package.

4. Reveal your personality

Ok, so nerves might get in the way sometimes, but having the confidence to express your own personality will pay dividends. Employers are increasingly looking for someone who will fit in with and complement the existing team and, if you keep your true nature under wraps at interview, they won’t be able to see how you could work with the team. It’s therefore just as important to be honest – don’t try and be someone you’re not. If you are, and you get the job, you may have already set unrealistic expectations.
5. There’s no ‘I’ in team

Rather than telling your potential future employer how great you are, let them see it. Rather than talking about you, you and more you, ask the employer thoughtful questions, show them you’ve worked as part of a team. If your experience is lacking, and you come in telling them you’re the best thing since sliced bread, they’re likely to question your assertions.

6. Learn from your mistakes

Ultimately, it’s important to keep in mind that every interview – no matter how challenging – is an important stepping stone on the road to your ideal career. If they’re offered during interview, take any helpful words of advice on board and, if you prove unsuccessful, take the initiative to ask why you weren’t selected, and where you might be able to improve.

What about you? Have you endured a challenging interview lately? Tell us what your top tips for interview success are.

About the Author

As the account manager at Single File, Camila is a very busy lady. A true Brazilian beauty, Camila is four years into her journey in Australia, and enjoys living life to the fullest.

One Response to Six tips for interview success

  1. Fernanda says:

    It is sad but true, the competition is out there! Loved the tips!

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