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Superprof’s Tips to Survive Any Recruitment Interview

By Brentyn, published on 27/05/2019 Blog > Professional Development > Personal Development > How to Successfully Ace All Interviews in a Variety of Sectors

“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” -Brian Tracy

Many individuals view the process of finding a job as a pit of bottomless stress: having to create a CV, writing a noteworthy cover letter, continually applying for jobs, and charming recruiters during the interview process. If you asked a working professional if they wanted to start from scratch again, the unanimous answer would be NO!

Nevertheless, since the competition to find a job in today’s world is exceptionally fierce, even those with stellar qualifications have trouble finding employment in their specific field of expertise. 

Therefore, to make sure everyone succeeds and gets the job of their dreams, Superprof has included essential tips to ace any recruitment interview!

How to Reduce Stress Before an Interview

the best interviews Taking time to relax and reduce stress is essential before a big job interview. (Source: pixabay)

Not stressing out and remaining chill is our number one piece of advice to put into practice before an interview. However, it’s way easier said than done! As imperfect humans, we tend to overthink and create our anxieties that end up crippling our progress.

Nevertheless, many steps should be applied to reduce stress and ensure success. For example, a brilliant first step is to complete an interview simulation before the big day with a friend acting as the recruiter.

How does this help? 

By practising ahead of time, the future candidate has a chance to reduce stress, and a positive image of the recruiter is projected; they realise that he or she will not be a monster!

During the interview simulation or practice, it is essential to keep the following points in mind:

  • Body language: a firm handshake, eye contact, show a positive attitude by frequently smiling, have a straight posture when standing or sitting, avoid fidgeting by keeping legs straight with feet glued to the floor.
  • Talk about your qualifications, experiences, and education received, skills, hobbies, languages spoken etc.
  • Prepare the right questions to ask the recruiter; a few might be all you need to have a lasting impression.
  • List your strengths and weaknesses and be ready to talk about them.
  • Take care of breathing and posture throughout the entire interview.

The previously mentioned aspects can be practised various times to reduce anxiety and improve confidence before an interview. Also, you should not talk too fast; therefore, to keep calm, practise speech exercises that are widely available on many highly recommended online resources.

It would be wise to do some small breathing exercises that lower your overactive heartbeat.

Also, it is essential to state that the more you listen and pay attention to your inner fears, the less you will know how to answer difficult or pointed questions posed by the recruiter during the interview. 

The voice inside your head is a reflection of your insecurities not reality! 

Recruiters are genuinely concerned about the well-being of their company and do not test candidates out of malice but rather to ensure that they are employing the best person for the job. Therefore, try not to be stressed if the question makes you uncomfortable; this is a test to see how you act under pressure.

The ideal candidate shows a mild attitude, can manage stress and is a qualified problem solver. 

It would be a mistake not to mention your weaknesses in an interview since it is a sign of honesty and sincerity. Also, flaws can help support your argument as to why you deserve this job. For example, one might say, “I am completely aware of the fact that I have little experience as a team manager. However, I am an excellent team player, and I have a thorough knowledge of marketing techniques.”

We cannot stress body language enough since, for the recruiter, it is a great way to see if the candidate is confident or nervous about his abilities. 

Also, a recruiter may ask, “Tell me about you.” In this situation, the candidate needs to work hard to differentiate himself from other competitors by highlighting his experiences, extra-curricular activities, and talent; this may be difficult for those who are meeker; therefore, practise sessions in advance are highly recommended.

Before concluding this section, it is essential to mention that playing sports, taking a long walk, and doing something you thoroughly enjoy such as watching a movie or playing board games are activities that should be done before the big day to reduce stress and radiate happiness during the interview.

How to Dress For a Job Interview

no suit and tie In certain sectors, the dress code is not too formal. (Source: Unsplash)

It is a commonly known fact that dress, grooming, and overall personal appearance are discriminating factors experienced in the hiring process.

If you’re tall and blond with model-esque features, finding a job will be a piece of cake! 

Although the qualifications should stand out and be the reason for hiring, many studies show that hiring managers place more importance on how you look, whether you smiled or not, your age, and your race; this is the case for both men and women!

While age, weight, and race are some of the hiring discrimination biases, style of dress and clothing choice play an essential part. 

Therefore, to succeed at a job interview shorts, a graphic t-shirt, and trainers should be avoided like the plague!

When getting dressed before an interview, we especially take into consideration our style of dress will differ according to the type of position being sought after; this makes complete sense! For example, would you wear a suit and tie to apply for a job at a bakery or grocery store? Of course, not!

Formal wear such as a skirt or suit and tie should be worn at interviews for jobs in the sectors of business, finance, accounting, and recruiting whereas a clean pair of jeans with an ironed shirt and a blazer may be suitable for jobs as a computer programmer, teacher, or doctor.

The dress code often reflects the environment and sector of a specific company. 

It may sound stupid to some, but the dress code reflects the human qualities and well-being of the applicant. People prefer to interact with those who have good personal hygiene and take care of their appearance; this is especially true if the employee has to work with potential clients.

To know how to dress for an interview at the company in question, it would be a brilliant idea to visit their website or Facebook page to see how employee’s dress for work. The main thing to remember is to stay neutral in your choice of colours; you wouldn’t want recruiters to be distracted by your clothes and forget about your qualifications!

How to Well Prepare For a Job Interview

Since recent graduates send so many CVs and cover letters to various companies to find a job, one might forget for what position they applied.

Oh no, what to do? 

Have no fear, Superprof is here! To adequately prepare for the interview, our advice is to re-read the job post, your CV, and your cover letter sent to highlight key points and essential information. By analysing the job position again, the candidate refreshes his memory, and the recruitment interview will take place without any issues.

A significant step to well prepare for an interview is to gather all the necessary information about the company in question. How can this be done? By visiting blog articles, the official Facebook page of the company, LinkedIn profiles of managers and high ranking employees, and, of course, the company’s official website.

By finding helpful online resources, candidates can find essential information about the following:

  • Annual sales,
  • Markets and the economic condition of the company,
  • Most important customers,
  • Number of branches or stores in the UK and abroad,
  • The size of the company (are there ten employees or 10,000?),
  • Legal status,
  • The number of shareholders,
  • Volunteering activities and humanitarian efforts.

All of the previously mentioned learned elements about the company will serve to specify your professional objectives and what essential information to include in the cover letter.

Never underestimate the opportunity of contacting members of staff and connections within the company since they will provide you with first-hand experiences about the entity’s events, environment, potential salary, and daily tasks expected to be completed by employees.

By reflecting on your overall weaknesses and strengths before the interview, candidates think about the information they wish to divulge during the meeting. Recruiters enjoy candidates who spend time emphasising how their qualities will help or harm them in the job position; they are intrigued and want to keep knowing more about you.

When talking about weaknesses remain honest and sincere; beware of your body language since it could transmit something completely different! 

By preparing for a job interview, young graduates or first-time interviewees show that they possess the correct qualifications, right motivation, and unbridled enthusiasm that will set them apart from more experienced ones. Everyone appreciates a young professional who is confident and knows what he wants.

Our Last Few Tips to Survive an Interview and Land a Job

say no to being late Punctuality is of the utmost importance during an interview. (Source: Unsplash)

The day of the interview has arrived, and you are ready to blow the sock off any recruiter you may encounter. Start by offering all the recruiters a firm handshake accompanied by eye contact and a smile.

Sweaty hands should be avoided since they show the employer nervousness and lack of confidence. 

Whether you have agreed to a face-to-face interview or an interview via phone or Skype, there is one thing that should be respected above all: punctuality!

Recruiters do not have much time to interview everyone and find the appropriate candidate; therefore, their time should be respected. Arriving late for an interview is a notorious lack of seriousness, motivation, and legitimacy.

Therefore, it is highly recommended to plan for a lengthier travel time than usual to arrive early and avoid any delays. 

The interviewer calls you in their office, and the recruitment process begins. How should you present yourself? From the outset, briefly refer to your CV, your qualifications, potential career path, and your diplomas received that are relevant to the job position in question.

Feel free to mention work experiences abroad, volunteering activities, languages spoken, and extracurricular ventures regularly practised; this will enrich the exchange between you and the recruiter.

By occupying the amount of time speaking about your accomplishments, the recruiter has less of an opportunity to ask destabilising questions about weaknesses and personality flaws. 

After an encouraging and successful job interview, do not hesitate to send the recruiter or employer a thank you note or email expressing your gratitude; this can go a long way and perhaps land you the job!

In conclusion, we sincerely hope that today’s article has helped provide essential information to succeed during an interview and land the job of your dreams!

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