You know the essentials thanks to our 5 Basic Tips To Smash Your Next Interview (if you don’t, then check them out here). So, let’s look at how to take control of that interview and make sure you’re the only candidate worthy of the job, with some not so basic interview tips.
- Speak as if you already work there
Choose your words carefully when interviewing. They are listening. When asked questions such as “Where do you see the marketplace going?” you can respond with “I see us being a real disruptor in the current market, we have a unique proposition that can make a difference”. The use of we and us makes the interviewer think that you have already made up your mind about working for them.
2. Ask Questions
In an interview, it is expected that you will be receiving a whole raft of questions but why not ask some back? From “Why should I work for you?” to “What development or training opportunities would be available to me?”, asking questions shows that you are engaging with the interviewers, are serious about the role, and illustrates that you see yourself working for the company.
3. Stand Up
If you are asked to explain something in detail, stand up, use the whiteboard, don’t be afraid to use hand gestures and point at things. If you are the only person in the room stood up then you are in control. Some people need a diagram to understand what you are explaining, so get the board pens and let your inner artist loose in their meeting room.
4. Be personable
A job interview is formal and all about learning if the candidate is going to be a good fit, provide value and help grow the company. However, your future manager and colleagues will want to get to know the real you. You’ve had success with several campaigns at your previous company and you can type 100 words a minute, but what do you do in your spare time, how did you get here today? Just because you aren’t asked these questions doesn’t mean you can’t mention them.
Throw in a book you’ve read, the blog you run or how bad the traffic on the M40 was as a conversation starter. The walk up the steps take forever if you have nothing to talk about. Your aim is to have generated a rapport before you sit down and the interview begins.
5. Do your research
We used this tip in the 5 Basic Tips To Smash Your Next Interview but this extends it further. You’ve researched the company and you know what they do and some of the products they sell.
Next, you will need to know exactly what they are looking for. Find out who held that position before and find them on LinkedIn. Whilst you don’t need to be a carbon copy of that person, this is the role you are replacing so who is in the mind of the interviewer. You could even slip in their name – which will really impress.
Read the job spec and make sure you can do everything – or have done something similar. Just because you want to be a Procurement Manager doesn’t mean you should get the job if you haven’t done any similar tasks before. As long as you have performed the procurement activities in a previous role then you can talk about your experiences here.
So, now you’re ready to smash your next interview, it’s time to kick start that job search. Head over to our jobs page to see our latest selection of millennial roles.
Dominic Kent is a Technology Consultant and a Freelance Writer for hire. Versed in business and consumer technology, he regularly shares insights on the latest happenings in the industry as well as relating to everyday life. Find Dominic on LinkedIn here.