At Kiwi Recruitment Agency in Chichester, we know that the interview is the most stressful part of your job search—it’s perfectly normal to feel this way, as nobody voluntary wants to be grilled by a stranger! It’s a process we often help applicants with, whether it’s advice on what attire to wear or what questions to expect. As we aim to give our applicants the best support we can, we have condensed our three top tips that will ensure your interview is on the right track!
Kiwi’s Top 3 Interview Tips!
Don’t Be Negative
One of our first interview tips is this: don’t be negative, or maybe we should say, keep it positive. You might get the question, “so, what are your weaknesses?” and you have to remember to give an optimistic spin on your answer. Whatever you do, don’t go down the route of saying, “My weakness is I’m a perfectionist in everything I do. I just can’t help it!”
Think about previous experiences in the workplace. Maybe you worked a bar shift and got flustered but found a way to serve the drinks quicker? Or maybe you can have your shy moments but recently did a drama class that helped with this? Make sure you have this answer prepared before arriving at your interview.
Send Positive Body Language
Supposedly, you have seven seconds to make a first impression—so you have to make it a good one! Remember to smile, try not to fold your arms and make sure you keep your hands on the table, so you’re not nervously fidgeting. Mirroring your interviewers body language and facial expressions is also a good skill to learn, as it helps you establish a connection.
Ask the Right Questions
A dreaded part of the process is at the end where your interviewer will most definitely say: “So, do you have any questions?”
It’s important that you have a list of questions prior to the interview that you could ask. Sometimes these questions come with ease and are something that is discussed earlier in the interview that you want to know more about. However, there are some questions that you should try and avoid, such as asking about holidays as according to 69% of recruiters this gives the impression that you are already looking forward to escaping your desk.
Salary is also a topic where you should tread steadily and is best avoided unless a) the recruiter brings it up or b) you have been offered the job.
If you are stuck about what to ask, try and use this time to give yourself a last-minute pitch about why they should hire you.
Are you ready for a new career but dread the interview process? Don’t sweat it! Our team at Kiwi Recruitment Agency in Chichester have many years’ experience in recruitment and are here to give you a helping hand with every step. Register on our website for a new job post or if you want to speak to one of our recruitment advisors, get in touch.