5 Tips to Turn Your Interview into a Job Position.
Following on from our blog post ‘5 Ways to Turn your CV into a Job’ last week, we thought it would also be helpful to share some interview tips for when you get your foot in the door.
We’ve held many interviews for various positions here at Sunshine Comms and, well, let’s say we’ve got some stories! Interviews can be tough, trust us we know, but with a few handy tips hopefully you can turn that interview into a job positon.
Research, research, research
I can’t stress it enough. Please don’t show up for a job interview knowing nothing about the business or the brand! It is super easy to spot someone who hasn’t done their research. If you really want to work with this particular company, take an interest and sound passionate
First impressions count! And bare in mind that doesn’t mean show up in your best three-piece suit. When it comes to your outfit, know your audience. If you’re interviewing for a really formal role then go ahead and get dressed to the nines, if it’s a company like Sunshine, we’re a bit more laid back and definitely don’t wear suits everyday. A nice top and trousers will be fine. If you’re unsure of the dress code, drop them an email.
Show your Personality
It may be an interview which is quite a formal process, but we want to see your personality. We need to know if you’ll fit in with the team. Tell us a joke, fill us in on your hobbies. We’re genuinely interested.
There’s nothing worse than an interviewee who gets to the end of the interview and has nothing to ask. It comes across like you’re not interested. And we don’t mean questions about holiday allocation or duvet days. Relevant questions that show you have a genuine interest. For example, ‘How did Sunshine begin and how did you get to where you are now as a business?
And don’t wait too long. And don’t send a generic ‘thanks for you time today. I look forward to hearing from you.’ Be creative, did something stand out from the interview, something funny maybe? Mention it in your email. Your interviewer will appreciate it.
So, there you have it. A few tips that we hope help you during the interview process. Interviews can be nerve-wracking and intimidating, but if you’ve done your research and you genuinely want to work for the company/brand it shouldn’t feel so bad.
Have you had any particularly bad interviews? We’d love to hear some of the funny ones. Leave us a comment!