G.P.S. Routes: The Interview
Going for an interview can be nervy. We don’t know if we will have to think about what animal we would be, or if we should memorise an interesting fact about ourselves. There are just some things that are out of our hands. Let’s focus on what we can control! Industry leaders have helped us form these top tips for getting ahead of the curve:
Timing – If they offer you time slots, always try to be early in the day, and early in the week. You want to make an impression, so stand out as soon as you can. Remember, they are human too, and fatigue will inevitably set in. Before you leave for the interview, make sure you eat well and centre your mind. A nice breakfast bagel and some meditation can help you relax; don’t go binging on caffeine as this won’t help.
Appearance – The façade of a house, the body of a car, and the cover of a book; we are told not to judge, but we all know we do. So, when you first meet with your host, make sure you ooze professionalism. Tidied, groomed, slick, and styled; be the best version of you. It might hurt your face, but smile as much as you can, and keep eye contact. A warm and friendly presence is what you would like to find, and they are no different on the other side of the table.
Personality – Honesty is the best policy. If there are any issues that arise, be earnest in your discussion, but don’t hide who you are. You want to demonstrate that you are an asset.
During the Interview – Take your time to respond. Silences can be awkward, but they are better than gushing every thought out. Use industry jargon to flesh out any discussion and sincerely display why this job fits with your career path. Don’t speak ill of any former employer or employees, and if you don’t have an answer, just say so. Humility is a tool, so don’t brag. They won’t get an insight as to who you are as a person, but you need to make sure they genuine glimpse.
After the Interview – Politely say goodbye to everyone you’ve met on your way: receptionists, doorman etc. They should normally tell you when they will be in touch, but follow up with an email, thanking them for their time. There are no cheat codes for success. But being friendly, warm, and approachable is a win in its own way.
Why not read our blogs on “The 5 Most Common Mistakes On Your CV” ” at https://gpsuk.org/the-5-most-common-mistakes-on-your-cv and/or “Job Search Tips That Everyone Should Know” at https://gpsuk.org/job-search-tips-that-everyone-should-know