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how to have a positive interview experience

by Stephanie Osborne candidate advice, Trades and Labour, Waste Management...

Positive Interview

Here are some tips to help you to have a positive interview experience.  Hopefully, you will take away something valuable from every interview experience, regardless of the outcome.

Always be yourself

Most interviewers are smart enough to figure out whether or not you are actually being genuine in an interview so always be yourself – if you do get the job you’re not going to be able to be someone different for very long!

Be confident

Confidence is attractive but not everyone is confident. For a company to believe in your abilities, you need to believe in yourself. There is a reason the company invited you to an interview – they potentially think you are right for the job. You do need to approach a job interview like a try out for sport and focus on putting the competition to shame. Remember that this is a competition of sorts, so don’t sell yourself short.

But don’t be over confident

Still on the sport theme - there is a major difference between being a team player and thinking you are the entire team. Nobody likes a show-off, and very few companies view arrogance as a desirable quality in their workers.  Show that you believe in yourself, but don’t be over confident.

Be prepared

Read carefully any job description and person specification that you have been given.  This can help you to anticipate and prepare answers for questions that will be asked.  It is likely that you will be asked to provide examples of when you have demonstrated the skills and experience required for the role.  Spend time on the company website and their social media to demonstrate that you know something about them and their culture.

Let your personality shine through

Make sure that you let your personality shine through, as this is an important factor in whether you will get the job or not. CVs are great for listing your skills and experience, likewise online social media profiles too, but it is you they are interested in and the interview is when you can show them who you are. It’s your personality, combined with the skills and the work ethic of the person behind the CV that is the key to you getting that job offer.

Make your weaknesses into strengths

A popular question interviewers ask is: “what is your biggest weakness?” This might be more difficult to answer than a question about your strengths, but it is just as important. Everybody has weaknesses, acknowledging that you have them is not a negative. If you know the areas in which you excel and the areas in which you can improve, then you will be a much more valuable asset to any team.

Ask more questions

Don’t be afraid to take the initiative and ask questions during the interview, not just at the end. This shows that you have interest in the company and the position, and it gives you a chance to steer the conversation in the direction you want it to go. Post interview, you may think of other questions you want to ask – don’t be afraid to do so as this shows you are genuinely interested in getting the job.

Remember there is always room for improvement

Everyone can always get better at being interviewed. Make sure to get feedback after the interview.

And if you haven’t been successful, remember…

Sometimes, rejection is a blessing in disguise

While getting turned down is certainly not the best feeling in the world, it is sometimes the best outcome as you may have been thinking, this is not the job for me! A rejection does save you then having to turn down an offer of a job you don’t want to take.