SUCCESS Tips & Considerations
Remember everything you’ve read! Obviously not every word, but learn as much as you can and retain that knowledge for the interview to come, you’ll need it.
This is an aspect of interviews that people still greatly underestimate. If the company didn’t have a look at your social media presence when they received your resume, chances are high that they will now that they’re seeing you for an interview. Go through your social media profiles and delete inappropriate language, images and tags. Unless you’re applying for the position of a professional party-animal, your prospective employers may not be too excited after they see your drunk-face consistently in all your photos. You may have strong views that do not gel with the views of the business and may harm the company’s image. You don’t want them to see any of that.
If you’re wondering about the definition of ‘inappropriate’, think drunken behaviour, slutty images, judgemental rants, foul language, gambling, crudity or lewdness, and basically anything that could call into question your integrity and reliability.
Explain to your friends and family that sharing inappropriate images or content to your account is harmful for your career and ask them to share them via private message instead.
If you’re unwilling to delete any of your content, then you need to change your settings to ‘private’ or ‘friends only’ viewing. Ensure that anyone who is not a connection/friend cannot see the posts on your feed, only the minor details of your name, etc.
Be prepared for the questions they’re likely to ask you. Write out all the answers you can think of and practice telling someone – get a friend to act as the interviewer and ask you questions. By not being prepared you show a lack of interest, which is a huge red flag for interviewers/recruiters.
Prepare a list of questions for the interviewer regarding the company, department and position. We’ll cover questions to ask your interviewer in another article coming soon…
Candidates that don’t have questions indicate disinterest, or that they’d be happy with any job.
What to Bring
Bringing a few copies of your resume is always a good idea. Make sure it’s updated and applicable to the position you’re applying for. Your contact details should be noted, as well as links to any references you make (like the websites of previous companies you’ve worked for, etc).
A great way to show the specific talents and skills you can bring to a place is to bring along a folder of ideas you have that you could help implement if you get the position. For example, when I applied for a lecturing position at a private college I brought along a folder of part-time courses I would set up and deliver. I not only got the position, but later found out that I’d been earmarked for a managerial position immediately.
Having a notebook and pen at hand will be needed to take notes in case the hiring manager has any instructions or additional requirements. You might think you’ll remember the details, but adrenalin can be an amazing memory-wipe and you don’t want to have to contact the company to repeat their instructions – it won’t feel good and will look even worse.
A notebook will also be useful for after the interview. You can make quick notes on what you did and didn’t like and if there are any other things you’d like to clarify.
What you wear counts for as much as 65% of the deciding factor whether to choose you for the position or not. Those in the service industry (spa, hotel, restaurant, etc) and corporate industry need to dress for the position which they will be filling in the business – ‘business professional’ is the general look to aim for.
It’s actually scary to think that 95% of the impression you make in your interview is all non-verbal.
7% of that impression is based on the words you use, including your grammar.
38% on your tone of voice, and
55% on your body language, like gestures and your handshake.
In the same interview I mentioned earlier (where people were ‘cut’ every 30 minutes) we were all seated on office wheeled chairs. The first instruction the interviewer gave us was to not swing around in the chairs. After the first 30 minutes all the candidates who had slid forward in the chairs, lounging, and those that hadn’t been able to resist swinging side to side were asked to leave. They hadn’t even had a chance to prove their suitability for the position – their lack of regard for appropriate body language had immediately resulted in them being ‘cut’.
Let’s look at body language dos and don’ts in greater detail, to help prepare you for that all-important meeting:
During the Interview
What to do in your interview:
What not to do:
An interview is usually always an incredibly stressful thing. Make your life easier by being prepared and ready. Don’t be discouraged if you leave the interview room with a less-than-positive feeling – sometimes that’s just nerves, and if it isn’t? There are much better positions available for you. You’ll nail the one that is the best fit.
What other factors do you think need to be addressed? Do you have any questions or feedback? Post them in the comments and let's all learn from each others experiences.