Vroom Vroom your way into interview success!
Vroom Vroom Recruitment has come up with ten interview pointers based totally on our experience interviewing 1000’s of candidates. To ensure that you are prepared, follow these top 10 tips and tricks and Vroom Vroom your way to your next career opportunity.
Tip 1 – Research the organisation
We consider this one of the biggest differentiators and a great way to stack up against your values with the organisation. Researching the company can allow you to have significant and insightful conversations during the interview while avoiding those awkward moments we all hate.
Tip 2 – Understand your story
The interviewer is likely to invite you to walk them through your resume and ask those traditional questions which include, “why are you interested in this job?” and “What makes you the right candidate for this position?” This allows you to share your unique story to help you stand out from other applicants. An excellent way to do this is by knowing your resume, achievements, milestones, and personal journey.
Tip 3 – Prepare a list of questions to ask
It is a great idea to have a list of questions prepared for the interview. This can typically put candidates on the spot and make it challenging to come up with answers. Being prepared indicates that you are organised and serious about being there. That way you also can clarify if this job opportunity is right for you.
Key subjects to frame your questions about:
- The technical nature of the job.
- The culture of the business.
- Growth opportunities.
- The expectations/KPI’s and the direction of the organisation.
Tip 4 – Practice with role-playing
Practising answering questions using tone and body language whilst talking with friends and family can be a great way to prepare for an interview. While this may sound strange at first, it can make a huge difference. Answering questions in your head can make it hard to give yourself feedback, so receiving constructive criticism from someone you know will help to improve your answers. Things you can ask people about may include content, tone, and mannerisms.
Tip 5 – Current affairs
Keeping up to date with local events gives you the advantage to make small talk while also coming across as knowledgeable and educated. In saying that, it would be a good idea to try avoiding having a completely polarising view or opinion on a specific topic. As a substitute, indicate that you are up to date on modern-day activities and provide a balanced opinion.
Tip 6 – Attire
Planning your attire allows you to prepare your attitudes and mindset for an interview. This also helps to lessen stress by knowing you are ready.
It is a great idea to dress one notch above; however, your attire should reflect the role and company you are being interviewed for. For example, would it be appropriate to wear a three-piece suit for an interview at Bunnings? Another great idea would be to ask your recruiter what they feel is appropriate or ask friends and family their opinions.In any case, it is better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.
Tip 7 – Arrive earlier but don’t check in until it’s time
Being late for an interview is one of the worst first impressions you can make. Make sure to plan and prepare to ensure that the transportation method you choose is efficient and takes you to the place you want to be at the right time. Google Maps is a great resource to plan distance and timing; however, it is important to remember to set the exact time you would like to arrive. It is also good to keep in mind that the time to travel to an interview during peak hours may dramatically change compared to non-peak hour times.
While it is good to arrive early, checking more than a couple of minutes earlier than the scheduled interview time is not a good move. Wait outside or in the car until five minutes before your interview to avoid waiting at reception and placing unnecessary pressure on the interviewer.
Tip 8 – Listening (two ears, one mouth)
This is one of the essential interview pointers that very few people follow. It is critical to be a good listener to absolutely everyone, from the receptionist to the human beings interviewing you. Focusing on your listening allows you to give a higher quality response, frame up good questions, and help you to build rapport.
On interview day, make a reminder or note to yourself to listen before you speak!
Tip 9 – Take a few notes and show your professionalism
Taking notes for the formal part of the interview can be a fantastic concept. This will help you to recall any vital factors and additionally show you are engaged and paying attention.
However, it is not a good idea to take copious notes as this can be off-putting for the interviewer and lead to a lack of eye contact. Creating a balance is the key.
Tip 10 – Be aware of your body language
This is a huge interview tip. Body language says a lot about you, as we all pay attention to the non-verbal exchange. Understanding your facial expressions, eye contact, head nodding, arm movements, and posture is critical. Ensure to avoid slouching, crossing your arms, and having too much/little eye contact.
The goal is to interact, engage and build rapport with your interviewer.