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Given our generation’s proclivity to change careers more frequently than our weekly ‘Gram upload quota, odds are you’re going to find yourself in quite a few job interviews during your formidable years.
As trends shift, roles disappear and new tech emerges, you’ve gotta be more adaptable than a Jenner with thin lips. The secret to doing this? Staying informed, y’all.
Here are a few ways to up your job interview game like it ain’t no thang.
GO THE EXTRA MILE WITH YR RESEARCH
We’re sure you would’ve heard the whole ‘research where you’re applying’ spiel, but to really make an impression, you’ve got to take that to a whole new level. Like, you wouldn’t be able to write a killer essay about Lord of the Flies having just read the blurb, right?
Large-scale organisation release earning reports, CEOs write blog posts, small businesses send out weekly email updates. Get familiar with ‘em, and drop your all-knowingness in the interview.
GET SOMEONE ELSE TO DO YR DIRTY WORK
Folks, if you’re gunning for a prestigious position, the interviewer is more than likely to give you a good once-over on social media. Making things private or changing your name just doesn’t cut it any more. Instead, consider using a program like Social Sweeper – it picks through all your socials and raises red flags when it comes across things like beer bottles and drunken statuses.
TRY TO PENCIL IN THE SWEET SPOT
Y’know how your pictures just seem to look that much better when taken at sunset? Well, the same principle applies to job interviews.
Some industry experts believe that 10:30AM on a Tuesday is prime interview real estate. Given their seniority, who ever’s hiring you most likely has stacks on. Their focus is shifted on Mondays trying to get the week started, and by Wednesday, they behave like regular humans and just want the week to be over. That’s why Tuesdays at 10:30AM yield good results – it’s the time slot where they’ll be able to dedicate their full attention to you as a candidate.
SAY SOMETHING WITH YR OUTFIT
We’re wayyyyyyy too quick to take the whole ‘dressing professionally’ to an extreme. Sure, don’t rock up to an interview wearing trackies, but introducing a subtle statement piece into your outfit will help the interviewer remember who you are. FYI: landing a job kinda hinges on them remembering who you are.
Additionally, it can be used as a talking point / an avenue to share more of your background (e.g. “I picked this scarf up in Newtown where I live – the area really suits me as I have a strong background in music so I enjoy going to gigs during the week”).
PREP FOR THE BIG QUESTION
If you leave an interview without having been asked what your biggest weakness is, then either your interviewer is a potato and probably shouldn’t be the one conducting it, or they’re not interested. Working on the assumption that they would be FOOLS not to want to hire your damn-fine self, let’s discuss the best way to tackle it.
You can’t say you don’t have a weakness, because everyone has weaknesses and you’ll just come across as a massive wanker. What you can say, however, is how you actively take measures to reduce your weakness even being considered an issue.
EXAMPLE: if organisation isn’t your forte, acknowledge that’s the case. Then go on to say that after years of training, you’ve implemented a regimented scheduling system that could even be of benefit to the businesses’ broader team.
MAKE YOUR QUESTIONS WORK HARDER
Inevitably, at the end of the interview you’ll be asked if you have any questions. While they obviously need to be answered by the interviewer, they can be geared to once again demonstrate your m@d Sk!lLz.
For instance, rather than asking if your role has the potential to extend to an international office, raise that you have a strong connection base in that particular country and would like to tap into that market for the business.
FINISH ON A BOLD NOTE
This, good people of the internet, takes guts. That being said, it’s one of the most highly regarded moves you can make in a job interview and it removes the doubt you’ll experience after you’ve walked out of the office.
Just as the interview is about to end, throw this question out there:
“Have I said anything today or given you any reason to doubt that I am a good candidate for the role?”
Yep, we know, that’s not an easy thing to throw out there so brashly. It does, however, give you the opportunity to clarify something the interviewer might’ve misinterpreted – something that could mean the difference between updating your LinkedIn bio or not.
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