How to Interview like a Pro…

This may seem stuck up considering it took me awhile to get a job. However, it thought me how to interview like a pro and score a job with a very reputable company. Being told my lack of experience was a problem was highly frustrating. Especially when it’s commonly known to be an easy way to fob you off. It turns out experience was actually my problem. Frustrating when massive companies tell you that you interview flawlessly. When small companies tell you that you did the best interview but you got beaten at the goal posts by someone who had a years experience in the role for every month you have. Following lots of interviews and even more applications, I learned a lot about how to interview well. I find interviews fascinating from both sides of the table; as someone who was trying to get a job and as someone who has a background in HR.

Be prepared…

Have your C.V. completely up-to-date. It’s hard to sell yourself to random people, so a good C.V. is a good place to start. As important as your C.V., is, your LinkedIn page is paramount in my opinion. This is your chance to really show off with a profile that you can use to attract recruiters and showcase your experience to the world. Lots of job postings are on LinkedIn too so you can apply direct with your profile which you can make more detailed than your C.V. normally. You can create and expand your professional network by inviting people to connect. I remember we had a speaker in college who said to invite every person you met in a business context. I think this is a little excessive. I would only add people you have had positive interactions with.

Confidence is a must…

Don’t be a cocky little fuck – nobody likes that! Be confident – there is a big difference. Confidence comes from believing in yourself and having the skills to back it. Recognising both strengths and weaknesses. Cockiness, on the other hand, is bragging or showing off without actually having the skills to back it up. Also known as being a little fuck. Be bold, be brave and showcase yourself for all that you are. If you aren’t confident in your abilities you can’t possibly instil confidence in the random person sat across the interview table from you. So you’re not a confident person – who cares? Fake it ’til you make it! Confidence can be learnt, it just takes practice.

Know your shit…

Know the role you are applying for so you can tailor your interview. Know the company because that’s just basic ettiquette. Know what’s on your C.V.. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Know how to depict your skills. Be able to express failures and how you can learn from them. If you had no failures and you always perform then why are you applying for this job?  Don’t agree – Facebook’s VP of HR does! Being in the know is not only professional, but it helps with showing your abilities and competencies.

Ask questions…

Always ask questions. Prepare a few basic ones if you must. But an interview is a two way street even for those of us fresh out of college. Ask questions so you can decide if the role is something you actually want. Even if the questions are just to help you be prepared for the interview process. I have a list of easy questions to ask and why you should ask them.

Perservere…

Don’t give up when you get the rejection email. Be happy they even bothered to tell you that you’ve been rejected in the first place, and then keep going. That confidence you’ve been working on should help you bounce back from these rejections. You can learn from every interview and remember – practice makes perfect!

 

 

 

Above are my basic tips on how to score points in an interview. For more on LinkedIn, C.V.’s and interview prep contact me on info@michellemcinerney.com

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