Interviews are one of the worst parts of the job search process, some would say the worst. Do you prepare properly? These simple tips could help a lot!
Job interviews may occur at a set time, but don't let that fool you. Interviews start before you ever walk into the room and last long after you leave. It's important to prepare for the interview before, during, and after. This infographic by Company Folders will teach you how to ace each phase. A few of our favourite tips include:
Bring a notebook and a pen: Take notes on important information—such as the job description, pay, or company—or use your notepad to organise your thoughts before answering a question. Taking notes is also a good way to keep track of any follow-ups, such as samples of your work that you promised to send the interviewer.
Ask for some time to think: It's much better to tell the interviewer you're thinking of a response than to leave them sitting in awkward silence. If a question is particularly difficult, ask for clarification. This shows you're willing to ask for help when needed and that you care about the quality of your response more than how quickly you can rattle off an answer.
Give the interviewer samples of your work: You've heard the saying, "Out of sight, out of mind." Hardcopy samples put a tangible reminder of you right on the interviewer's desk. If you prefer to go digital, be sure to e-mail samples in a timely manner. Waiting too long could give another candidate time to swoop in and steal the spotlight.
As you prepare for your interview, it's important to consider how each of the tips in this graphic will benefit you based on the position you're applying for. The more you understand why you're doing something, the more confident you'll be, and the sooner you'll land your dream job.
How many of these tips do you follow at interviews? Do you find them effective? Let us know in the comments section below...