11 Interview tips to help you land that job

FLB jobseeker tips

So you've passed the screening and you now have a face to face interview with your ideal potential employer, nerve racking right?

 

This is not only a chance for hiring managers to meet you, but also a good chance for you to meet them and see what they have to offer.

You are also there to see if you would be happy with their place of employment, the people you'll work with, and the conditions you will work in. So, don't be nervous,

 

Below are a few tips on preparing for your interview. 

 

  1. As soon as you book your interview, make sure you note down the address, time and the name of the person you will be meeting with. As apart of our service we also send a courtesy email out to you with the time, date and location details, but, if you do not receive this make sure you are proactive in having all the details at hand on the day. Remember, it's your career, so it's your responsibility in the long run. Employers also note down your ability to adhere to instructions and be self-sufficient.

  2. Take the address and details with you as well as the contact name and number of the person you will be meeting with, in case you get lost or are running late. If you are running late then it's essential you call and let someone know. This can show that you're not generally tardy.

  3. Make sure you know where you are going, and leave with plenty of time. If you are driving, be sure to check out the best route to get there and be aware of any potential traffic delays that may happen so you are not rushing. If travelling by public transport, call your local transport info line or hop on the web to ensure the services are currently running. That way you can find out about the best means of transport.

  4. Do your research. This is very important. Make sure you learn about the Company, know what they do, understand their core values, and what they specialise in. In particular, know what the role is that you have actually applied for. You can also go on LinkedIn to find information on the person interviewing you, which will make you better prepared.

  5. Highlight the experiences you have that line up with the position's. The interviewer is trying to find out about your suitability, so handing it to them on a silver platter not only makes their job easier, but showcases your skills and ensures that they do not miss anything. 

  6. Dress appropriately!!! This is also extremely important. As a rule of thumb, dress one step up from the uniform that the position entails. If you are going for a mechanics role, dressing for a foreman or 2IC role will help your chances. A nice pair of pants and a collared shirt is perfect, but no thongs or shorts (believe me it has happened).  For any customer service based roles where you will be dealing with the public, or for any senior roles, a suit is recommended. If you don't own one, the above can usually suffice.

  7. Prepare some likely answers. Think about what you may be asked so that you know how to respond. Things like your mechanical experience, background, workplaces, the reasons why you left or want to leave your current employment, and what you're looking for in your next role should be at the forefront of your mind. Think about how you want to portray yourself. Having some 'go-to' answers that show who you are in line with their business core values will definitely get you a step up on the competition!

  8. Prepare some questions for the interviewer. This not only highlights to them that you have a genuine interest in the position or the company itself, but can indicate that you're generally looking more long-term. It also confirms any queries you may have yourself, that can make or break the positions suitability for YOU.

  9. Act professionally. Never swear in an interview. Even though swearing may be fine on the workshop floor, interviews are an environment of professionalism and respect and swearing does not portray either. Choosing your words carefully can go a long way to getting you into the job in the first place. Restrain from eating chewing gum, and try not to use words like "mate". These things can be off-putting to some interviewers and hiring managers, so it's best to refrain from them over the next 20 or so minutes.

  10. Listen to what the employer is asking you and be confident with your answers. You know your job and you know it well, so let your experience speak for itself. 

  11. And last of all, RELAX. We all get nervous but be yourself and enjoy the process. Be honest with your answers and most of all be confident.