6 Rules For Passing ANY Job Interview!
In this blog, we will tell you the 6 RULES you need to learn to PASS your job interview. If you follow these 6 important rules, your chances of passing your interview at the first attempt will increase tenfold!
RULE #1 – MAKE THE INTERVIEWER FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOU!
How do you achieve this? Do the following 3 things:
- DO NOT BE LATE for your interview! How do you feel about a person who turns up late for a meeting? It’s disrespectful, right? Don’t be late for your interview!
- Be POLITE and demonstrate GOOD MANNERS throughout your interview. This includes when you first walk into the interview building – be polite to the reception staff, and be polite to the hiring manager.
- Be appreciative. (Make sure you THANK THE HIRING MANAGER at the beginning and end of your interview for giving you the opportunity to be interviewed for the position.)
RULE #2 – DEMONSTRATE GOOD INTERVIEW TECHNIQUE.
Interview technique is how you present yourself throughout the interview. To demonstrate good interview technique, do the following 5 things:
- Knock before you enter the interview room.
- Do not sit down in the interview chair until invited to do so.
- Sit upright in the chair at all times.
- Listen to what the interviewer is saying, and show active listening skills.
- Look at all the interviewers when answering their questions. Don’t just look at the person who asked you the question, look at all of them if there’s more than one interviewer.
RULE #3 – CARRY OUT RESEARCH!
Do the following 2 things when conducting your RESEARCH before your interview.
- Research the JOB DESCRIPTION – Read it to understand what STRENGTHS are needed in the role, and to determine what your responsibilities will be. Tell the interviewer you have read the job description when answering the question, ‘tell me about yourself’ and say you are confident you have the skills, qualities, and experience to excel in the position.
- Research their COMPANY! This is so important! Did you know, a recent poll stated that 92% of Hiring Managers failed people at interviews because they didn’t know enough about their company!
Before you interview, find out WHAT THE COMPANY DOES, look at their PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, and follow them on SOCIAL MEDIA to find out their latest news stories!
RULE #4 – TAKE THINGS WITH YOU TO YOUR INTERVIEW!
Most people take NOTHING with them to their interview. They just turn up, answer the questions, and leave! Then, they wonder why someone else got the job, and not them.
Take the following 3 THINGS WITH YOU to your next interview!
- Take your RESUME OR CV in a smart looking presentation folder. You can give the interviewer a copy, and you can read through it when they say to you, ‘walk me through your resume’.
- Take a SMALL NOTEPAD AND PEN with you and write down anything of significance that comes up during your interview. This might be details about the salary on offer, or the start date for the job. You can also write down the questions you are going to ask at the end of your interview so you don’t forget!
- Take with you a PLAN OF ACTION that details what you are going to do in the role if they hire you. You can then give the interviewer your plan of action when they say to you at the end of your interview – WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?
RULE #5 – ALWAYS ASK QUESTIONS AT THE END OF YOUR INTERVIEW!
9 out of 10 candidates don’t ask any questions at the end of their interview. When the hiring manager says to them: ‘that’s the end of the interview, do you have any questions for us?’, they say something like:
“No, it’s OK I don’t have any questions, you covered everything during the interview!”
THIS IS A HUGE MISTAKE. Asking the right questions further demonstrates YOU are the right person for the job. But, how many questions should you ask and which ones?
Our advice is to ask 3 questions – don’t ask any more than that. Which 3 questions should you ask? Let us show you…
Q1. What’s the first thing you’d need me to concentrate on in the role?
(This question gets the hiring manager visualising you in the position.)
Q2. Can you tell me more about the team I would be a part of in the role?
(This question proves you are a TEAMWORKER – one of the most important skills needed in any job!)
Q3. What would my success look like in the role 12 months from now?
Ask those 3 questions at the end of your interview, your chances of success will increase significantly!
RULE #6 – ALWAYS SEND A FOLLOW UP EMAIL IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR INTERVIEW!
When you send a FOLLOW UP EMAIL after your interview, it serves 2 purposes.
- Once again, it puts you in the thoughts of the hiring manager.
- It further demonstrates good manners.
Let us give you my exact INTERVIEW FOLLOW UP EMAIL for you to send:
RE: Thank you.
I would like to thank you for the opportunity you gave me to be interviewed for the position with your company.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process and learning more about your company and the team I would be a part of in the role.
If you need any further information or details to help you make a decision, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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