10 Top Tips for Getting Hired in 2020.
1. Expect a Video Interview.
Due to recent world events, the entire landscape of the job interview process is changing. And one of the largest changes to have arisen from recent events is video interviewing.
Don’t be scared, though, video interviewing is a lot simpler than it sounds, and is very similar to in-person interviewing. If you prepare for a video interview the same way you’d prepare for an in-person one, you’ll be fine.
Our advice is to read up on our top tips to nail an interview (Part 1 & Part 2), as well as our Ultimate Job Interview Guide. However, the only differences you’ll need to make are things like ensuring you have a stable internet connection and that you’re sat in a quiet place. After all, having to repeat yourself because the network keeps dropping out, or your partner interrupts to put the washing away, isn’t a good look to your potential new employer.
2. Prepare Your Hair.
No, we don’t mean giving your hair a pep talk, but we do mean giving your hair some TLC before an interview.
We’ve mentioned this point in previous blogs, but we’ll go over the basics here once again. Ensure your hair is smart and presentable. Different workplaces will have different ideas on what presentable means, so this can be difficult to nail down. However, our advice would be to tie your hair up if possible, ensuring your hair doesn’t distract from anything you say in your interview. If your hair is brightly coloured, be prepared that some employers may take an immediate dislike to this, so do your best to present your hair in a tidy way as to not distract any further. From there, let your skills and abilities do the talking.
3. Edit Your CV.
A common mistake people make is to use the same CV for every job they apply to.
Typically, an employer will scan through your CV to ensure you have the relevant experience or qualifications for the role. Therefore, if your CV is padded with the 3 months you worked stacking shelves and the time you helped out at parent’s evening, but you’re applying to be a fashion designer, this could prevent the employer from seeing the best parts of your CV.
Our hot tip for this is to streamline your CV. Include the most relevant parts to help improve your chances of landing the job you’re applying for. If you’ve got a Ph.D. in medical science, it’s highly unlikely that an employer will want to see the B you got at GSCE level in religious education.
4. Act Natural.
We not saying act as if you’re trying to cover up some misdeeds, but no interviewer likes to interview what could easily be mistaken as a robot that looks like a human.
What do we mean by this?
Rehearsing your answers is all well and good, but you also need to let your personality shine. Simply repeating your practiced answers word for word will show the interviewer that you’re able to remember lines, but not much else.
Drake Recruitment’s top tip for this one is to practice your answers in a few different ways. This will help your answers on the day to feel more natural and less forced. Know what you want to say, but not necessarily how you’ll say it. As, if an employer can tell you’re memorising your answers word for word, it’ll only reflect badly on yourself.
5. Inform Your References.
Because it’d be awkward if your reference receives a phone call from your potential new employer, and they’re unaware they were even your reference.
A quick phone call or text is all it takes to ensure your reference is aware and willing to vouch for you, should you need them. Of course, you can request an employer not to contact your references until you’re successful in landing the position, but our advice is to make them aware all the same.
6. Tell a Story.
Of course, we don’t mean the story about the time Grandma Anne brought a roast chicken over for Christmas when you’d already cooked one, so there was enough roast chicken to feed 30. Yes, it’s a good story, but it’s not the kind that will help you land the job.
When you’re asked about a time you went out of your way in a previous job to help someone out, make that the story. We’re not advising you to adapt it into a screenplay, but our tip is to make this scenario into a story that engages your interviewer. It’ll help to break up the interview, whilst letting your personality shine through.
7. Don’t Stop.
Securing an interview is great, but an interview doesn’t automatically mean you’ve landed the job. So, why stop applying?
If you’re looking for work, there’s no harm in applying for multiple positions at once. This can be tiresome, especially considering you should be adapting your CV and cover letter for each job specifically. However, nothing is worse than waiting to hear back from a single job interview, only to be told you’ve been unsuccessful.
We recommend setting some time aside each day to apply for various jobs that suit your abilities and desires. This way you’re more likely to find success, whilst also easing the blow of an unsuccessful application.
8. No Badmouthing.
It’d be just your luck if you happened to badmouth a former employer, only to find out that your potential new employer is a close friend of theirs.
That’s pretty much all the advice we have for this point. If you’ve had a bad experience with a former employer, we suggest you skip over this and explain how you were looking for a more challenging role, or that perhaps the role wasn’t quite what you’d expected it to be.
However, one thing is for sure – if you’ve had a bad experience, never let this become the focal point of why you left a position. It’ll never end well.
9. Make Time.
Like Doc Brown and Marty McFly, you’ll need to make time.
Although there will be some situations that are out of your control, some interviewers won’t see it that way. If you’re late for an interview, you’re already off on the wrong foot. As we’ve said, sometimes this can’t be helped, but it’s your responsibility to ensure you tackle this as much as you can.
Although it’s suggested you arrive for the interview 10-15 minutes prior to the given time, we recommend you arrive in the general area well before this. After all, it only takes one broken down train or an accident on the road to massively delay your journey time. Additionally, you can use this time to ensure you know where the interview will take place, before finding somewhere to sit down, practice what you want to say, and ensure you look presentable.
10. Impress from The Start.
You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, of course. But it’s hard when the cover is dull, boring, and doesn’t make an effort to reflect what’s on the inside.
Eye-contact, a firm handshake, and genuine interest in what the interviewer is saying are three of the best ways to make a good first impression. A polite smile and courteous behaviour will also go a long way.
Our advice is to treat the interviewer as you would want to be treated. Show respect, listen to what you’re being asked, and thank them for their time.