2. Remember, interviews are a two-way street
We’ve talked about this one before, but it’s one worth repeating. Don’t forget that you’re also assessing if this workplace is a good fit for you, too.
At the end of the interview, it’s always good to ask questions. Particularly those that will give you a better idea of what working there will be like. For example, you could ask ‘What does the job involve on a day-to-day basis?’, ‘How large is the team?’ or ‘What is your company culture like?’.
The key thing is to ask questions that are genuinely important to you. For example, if you’re looking to develop a career, you could ask ‘What are the opportunities for career progression?’, or if you’re looking for a side job ‘How flexible are the hours?’.
And, yes, you can ask about the pay. (Just maybe save it for near the end!)
Being proactive in asking questions will also impress the employer because it shows that you’re seriously interested in the job. They’ll be glad to see you want to know more! So always try to prepare some questions in advance.
3. Be clear with your selling points!
This is just another way of saying stick to the point and try not to go off track.
A good answer gets straight to the point – whether that’s a skill, an achievement or experience – and adds context and detail afterwards to enhance the point. Try to avoid burying the amazing things you have to say in a long story!
The STAR technique is a helpful way of structuring your answers. It stands for Situation (what was the problem), Task (what did you need to achieve), Action (what did you do to achieve this) and Result (what was the outcome).
We’ve all had bad experiences in previous jobs, so try to turn any negatives into positives. Mistakes are learning experiences, and roles we didn’t enjoy help steer us in better directions!