Recently I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut when it comes to my job. I decided it was time to try and find something else that will bring back my passion but also engage my brain. With this in mind I started job hunting, looking at all the job sites which list local jobs.
Luckily I am still at the age where I’m pretty open to trying out different jobs to find out what suits. Already in my career I have worked in a hairdressers, beauty salon, Michelin star restaurant and a nursery, all of which I enjoyed but after a while I found myself wanting more from my work.
After browsing what felt like every possible job website I applied for around 6 jobs all from all different sectors. So far I have heard back from 3, with 2 of them offering me to attend an interview.
Even when I applied for my first Saturday job my Dad drilled into me the essential traits and factors that interviewers and employers are looking for. Since then I feel pretty confident walking into interviews knowing I have prepared the best I can.
Here are some of the things my Dad taught me and I still use for interviews today:
- Fake it ’til you make it – Growing up I was never the most confident but in job interviews that is what they are looking for. Employees want to see you are confident and knowledgeable enough in what you are doing. Talking in front of people, let alone strangers who you want to impress, is difficult, but just remember that all you have to do is fake your confidence for 15-30 minutes and then it’s over. Over time you will find you aren’t faking it anymore and your confidence is natural.
- Do your research – Preparing for an interview will also help you feel more confident about what you are talking about. Doing your research on the your prospective employer and incorporating this into your interview will show the interviewer you are serious about this job and have taken the time to learn information that will aid you. It is impossible to know everything you will be asked but knowing a rough idea of topics and scenarios you wish to talk about and relate is hugely beneficial.
- Look smart – Depending on the type of job you will need to dress accordingly. For Saturday jobs it is unlikely you will need to turn up in formal attire such as a suit or blouse but it is still good practice to look smart and put together. Even taking the time to straighten your hair or clean your shoes can make a difference.
- Be punctual – Nothing screams unorganised more than being late. Turning up to your interview on time is something that will definitely be looked at. You want to give a good impression from the start, not walking in late all flustered as if you’d forgotten you had to be there. I’d advice arriving 10-15 minutes before your interview and giving yourself plenty of time for travel especially if you haven’t been to the location before.
- Speak calmly and slowly – Try not to rush what you are saying otherwise it’ll all just roll into one. Take your time whilst speaking making sure the interviewer is understanding what you are trying to get across.
- Engage with the interviewer – Eye contact and nodding are great ways to show you are fully listening to what you are being asked although, you don’t want to look like a nodding dog who stares at you from the back of someone’s car. Whilst speaking try not to fiddle with anything or look at your hands. Make gestures and look at the interviewer as this shows confidence. If there a multiple interviewers keep scanning your eyes slowly up and down the table, making sure you are engaging with them all and that they have your attention.
- Ask questions – Many interviewers like when a candidate has some questions to ask as it shows inquisition and that you are eager to learn as much as you can. These can be very simple questions such as ‘how big is the team I’ll be working with?’ Or ‘what is your ideal candidate’ alongside any other queries you may have.
I hope these tips help for any upcoming interviews you may have. If you have any others feel free to share them below.