5 More Tips for Getting Hired.
We here at Drake Recruitment know that job interviews can be scary and intimidating. That’s why we believe you can never have enough advice and tips for acing an interview. After all, the more prepared you are, the more relaxed you’ll be. The more relaxed you are, the more likely you are to give off a good impression. And, the better impression you leave, the more likely you are to ace the interview and land the job.
So, we’re here to give you 5 more tips for getting hired and succeeding in your next job interview. As with our previous list, this blog will be split into 3 sections: pre-interview, during the interview, and after the interview. If you’ve not read our previous list, 9 Tips for Getting Hired, we recommend doing so before proceeding. If you have read our previous list, then here we go:
Don’t Smoke Beforehand.
Sorry, Vape Nation, this includes you too.
Now, don’t be mistaken, we’re not saying smokers can’t go to a job interview, because that’s insane. However, what we are saying is that if you’re a smoker (or vaper), wait until after the interview to smoke. Once you’re dressed to impress, refrain from smoking as much as possible. This is because, although you may not smell it, the receptionist, the employees, and most importantly, the interviewer will.
Although this may not be an issue in some establishments or businesses, it will be in others. And, if it’s something you can avoid doing, it’s for the best. The smell of smoke (or doughnut-flavoured vape juice) can be unbelievably distracting during a job interview, and this is something you’ll want to steer clear of. Let your personality, skills, and experience do the talking, not your smoking habit.
Eat, but Don’t EAT Eat.
Of course, eating before an interview is a necessity – try remaining serious through a job interview whilst someone’s stomach is rumbling. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
However, there are some rules to this. Firstly, like smoking, try not to eat once you’re dressed for the interview, unless you don’t mind sitting through your interview in a ketchup-stained shirt. Additionally, it might be hard to take you seriously if you’re brushing pastry flakes off of your suit jacket for the first ten minutes of your interview.
Our advice is to eat something substantial before you dress for your interview – provided it’s a non-risky meal. By this, we mean something that won’t linger on your breath or stain your teeth. No onions, beetroot, garlic, or anything like that. Don’t worry, we’re not going to spend the next page and a half detailing how to make the safest food to eat before an interview, but you get the idea.
During the Interview.
Read the Room.
This is the hardest tip to interpret on this list, but trust us, it’ll really help you during your next interview.
The ability to read the room will drastically increase your chances of succeeding in the interview. For example, if the interviewer is stern, asking questions in a serious manner, you should reciprocate this. If the interview is more light-hearted, with a more casual feel, you’ve got more room to manoeuvre and be yourself.
Some interviews will be completely skill-based, wanting to know your experiences and qualifications. These will generally be the more serious interviews, and the ones you will want to let your skills and qualifications do the talking. Other interviews will be intending to find out what you’re like as a person and how you’ll fit into a team. These are the ones that are generally more laid-back, and where you can afford to let your personality take priority. These interviews are often the ones where an interviewer may overlook the fact you’re slightly underqualified but will fit into a team well, offering to train you to fit the role.
However, the above isn’t God-given, and won’t always be the case. This is where our advice for this tip is to do your best in reading the room and take it from there. You’ve got this!
Ask the Appropriate Questions.
One of the best tips we can give to you is to ask the appropriate questions during your interview. Of course, it goes without saying that you should also ask these at the appropriate time. If the interviewer asks what experience you have, and you go on to ask questions such as what the dress code is, it likely won’t go down well.
Unfortunately, much like reading the room, this isn’t something we can specifically identify. We can’t say “ask this, this, and this”, as every interview is different. However, what we can say is what not to ask – which can be read by clicking here.
The bottom line is to trust your gut. Asking questions like why the interviewer enjoys working at the company, or how many years they’ve been working there are safe bets. However, again, it’s down to your initiative. If they’ve already mentioned this, don’t be a fool and ask them again just because you’ve memorised them. Ask genuine, sincere questions that show you’re interested in the business and are in the moment, listening to what the interviewer says. If you’re not clear on something, ask a follow-up question, as showing you’re listening and engaged will always be a positive.
After the Interview.
Now, what you do after the interview can be tricky, as there are various approaches you can take. Some of these will have recruiters pulling their hair out, whereas others will insist you must do them. These include leaving a thank-you note, following up on your interview, and more.
These options, including the pros and cons, take up more than a singular point. Luckily, we’ve written an entire blog dedicated to the different approaches post-interview, including the input from a top-rated recruiter in New York. To read that, click here. This is because, once again, each of these approaches has different pros and cons, and will be up to you if you feel they’re the most appropriate for your situation.
Thanks again, and we’ll see you on the next one!