Here at Speak Up London we like to think that our school represents for all of you the chance to start on your path towards the fulfilment of your dreams. We understand that for most of you the first step to reach that sweet spot is receiving a job offer.
We’re pretty sure you already know a lot about the job hunt, constantly looking for new opportunities that might help you reach your goals. In the light of this, dear friends, Speak Up London would like to give you a few extra tips to put you guys on the right track and help you tackle one of the most stressful moments of the application process: the interview.
Here are our “do’s and don’ts” during an interview:
- Be confident: if you’ve made it this far, it’s because of your skills, so show your interviewers that you are also confident enough to develop that potential.
- Make eye contact: it might sound a cliché, but in order to engage with your audience while you’re speaking, it is really important to make them feel part of the conversation.
- Dress to impress: you always have to market the best version of yourself, so try to think about the kind of position you are applying for and dress one notch above what is considered suitable for that job.
- Do your homework: this can’t be stressed enough. If you get an interview you should always be prepared so look for as much information as you can about that company and the industry. It’ll pay off!
- Ask questions: you should always consider interviews as “two-sided”, so don’t think of it as a monologue. They are deciding whether to invite you on board, and in case of success, you want to know if they’re right for you as much as you are for them.
- Don’t arrive late: despite this sounding obvious, it is just to remind you that you’ll have only that one opportunity to persuade your interviewers that you are perfect for the job. Don’t waste it!
- Don’t be arrogant: being confident is a must but being overconfident is a huge mistake. Think about it: would you like to work closely with someone too presumptuous?
- Don’t leave your phone switched on: we are sure you already know it, but we just want to remind you how profoundly this simple action might affect your performance on the day of your interview. Don’t let a call from your friend distract you or irritate your interviewers!
- Don’t say “I don’t know”: I don’t know wasn’t a clever answer when you were at school and it still doesn’t sound smart. Try to have an opinion, think carefully about the question they ask you and try to answer carefully using all the knowledge about the subject that you have.
- Don’t be unprepared: although it is not possible to predict the future; there are some typical questions during interviews that can be predicted. Study your CV and try to rehearse the story it narrates while you prepare for the interview: the most likely topic of discussion is going to be you.
Maria Chiara Strano