Interview Tips And Tricks - Planet Whispers

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Interview Tips And Tricks





Hey Whisperers,

Over the past few months I've seen quite a few posts going around twitter about people's first jobs. What they did, what they liked, what they disliked etc, but something that most of the post's I've read have been missing is how they got the job and the interview process. Now i know when i was younger (totally made myself sound hella old there) I had no clue about interviews, I didn't know what to wear, what to say, what to take. So as you can imagine my first job interview was probably the most uncomfortable interview ever. I was so embarrassed, so today i thought i would give you some interview tips and tricks to either help you feel more prepared for an upcoming interview or to just prepare you for what's to come!


My First Interview 

Ok so as i said my first interview was.. uncomfortable to say the least. The first job i ever applied for was a Christmas job at Argos, a few weeks after I'd turned 16. I got called and was invited back for an interview, however when i turned up there was a large group of us, it wasn't the kind of interview i had been thinking, instead it was group interview. In the interview we were told about the job, the company and we also completed a range of activities. Now this is where things got weird. One of the activities was to work in a group, build a bridge out of Lego and have a member of the group go under it, i don't know what this had to do with the job but of course we all did it and probably looked like idiots while doing it too. We then had to write down numbers and see how fast we could complete the list and then we had to do some maths. Looking back now it was quite a strange interview, and although i didn't get the job I'm glad i went through that process because at least now i know what can happen in an interview.

Interview Tips And Tricks

Now obviously I've been and had other interviews since that one 3 years ago and those were very different experiences and luckily ended in jobs so here are my tips and tricks for interviews.

1. Be you- One of the biggest things that I've noticed people doing during the interview process is being fake. It is so easy to pretend to be this completely different person during an interview, putting on a front is easy but you have to remember that when/if you get the job you're not going to be able to keep up that front forever. This goes for CV's too, don't lie because you'll always get caught out, whether it means you being asked questions about something you wrote or whether you're asked later on you will more than likely get caught out and honestly it just isn't worth the risk especially if you really need the job.

2. Be confident- Now i know this isn't easy, but employers love when people are confident because it shows that you are ready and willing to work. However, don't go into the interview being cocky, there is a big difference between being confident and being cocky and in this situation it is pretty much the same as getting the job and not getting the job.

3. Be prepared- Nothing is worse than going into an interview unprepared. One of the best things to do is researching the job online, see what kind of things you'll be doing, the qualifications you need etc. There are a lot of videos online from people who have been to interviews at specific companies so check on You Tube to see if anyone has  been for an interview at the company, this way you'll know what to expect. 

4- Don't freak out- One thing i discovered at my second interview. is that not all of the people who interview you will be sympathetic towards you if you are nervous. Some interviewers will be straight to the point, harsh with their comebacks and honestly won't make the  process very easy but one of the worst things you can do is freak out. Just stay calm and remember that they are just either trying to see how you handle pressure or that they really are just a grumpy arse hole (hopefully the first one).

5-Go through your CV- If you are anything like me, you wrote your CV, printed it and never really looked at it again until you handed it out, but knowing about it is a must. Go through your CV and familiarise yourself with everything, that way when you're asked questions about it your mind won't be blank.

6-Do mock interviews- Now i know this sounds stupid but if you haven't had an interview before or you just want to practise have a friend or family member interview you. This way you'll be used to being asked questions and you won't feel so uncomfortable in your actual interview.

7- Dress smart- Whether your interview is for a huge company or tiny shop always dress smart because appearances have a big impact on how employers view you. Dressing in casual clothing makes it seem as if you don't care and that you don't really want the job. Instead dress smart, trousers/skirts and a nice top are always an easy option for interviews. 

8-Where to go- If your interview isn't local do a practise run before your interview. Whether you drive or get get the bus etc travel to where your interview is, look where you're going to have to walk from/park and time yourself this way you'll know what time to set off. Also remember the time of your interview if it is in a busy location and allocate time to traffic. I normally try and get to the interview around 10 minutes early just so i know I'm not late and so i can settle down before my interview. 

9-Documents- Always remember to take  your documents. For me i find it pretty easy because i keep all of mine in a folder i was given when i left college, however if you don't have one i would either suggest keeping them in a folder or a poly pocket just so they are all together. Some things i suggest taking- your CV , certificates, any references you have (i suggest getting at least one) and either a list of questions or a plain notebook to note things down in. 

10-Believe in yourself- It is so easy to put yourself down when it comes to interviews, but if it is something you really want to do and think you can do believe in yourself and work your ass off to get there because you are 100% worth it. 

11- What kind of interview is it- Always find out what kind of interview it is, this way, unlike me, you won't be shocked when you turn up and see 20 other people ready to take part in the interview. Always ask on the phone when they call you if it is a 1 on 1 interview or a group interview. 

12- They will ask to do things- Most places will want you to show that you can do something for example, in my Argos interview they wanted us to do maths and in another interview i went to i had to sell a product. Be prepared for tasks like this.


And that's pretty much it! I know that going to any kind of interview is scary but it honestly doesn't have to be too scary as long as you prepare and research before hand! I hope this post has helped with any worries you had and if you do have an interview coming up believe in yourself and good luck!! 

Thanks for Reading,
Love,
Soph
xoxo


22 comments:

  1. Definitely agree with this post! Especially about confidence.. gotta fake it til you make it!


    Terri x
    www.c0yoteugly.blogspot.com

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    1. You seriously do! I'm glad you enjoyed the post x

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  2. Great advice! I've never had a job >.< so these tips will come in handy when I start applying for jobs after Christmas. Fab post.
    Robyn // http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

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    1. I'm so happy this helped you! It's really all about being prepared and believing in yourself i'm sure you're going to do amazing!!

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  3. I really appreciate this post. My interview skills are awful

    Courteney writes xxx

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I used to be terrified of interviews but now they don't freak me out as much!!

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  4. I'm so so terrible with interviews so this is super helpful, thank you! x

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    1. I'm glad it was helpful, i was worried people wouldn't like it aha!!

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  5. Aw this is an incredible post! Gonna help people so much x

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    1. Aw thank you! I was so worried it wasn't a good post to put up but i'm glad it's helping people x

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  6. I couldn't have put it better myself! X

    www.sisterofthemoon.co.uk

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    1. I think Interviews are just one of those things, after a few you learn the drill and you get used to it!

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  7. Oh gosh, interviews. I still hate them and I've had what feels like thousands of them. I did have an interview for my current job where I had to pretend to sort out a bin problem! But you know those little tasks do work in the long run.
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    1. I think the tasks they get you to do help so much in the long run (not sure the argos one did though aha)

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  8. Lovely post - it's nice hearing other people's advice on interviews 💕

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    1. Thank you! I loved reading posts like this when i was going for interviews so i thought i'd write my own

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  9. such a useful post! thank you for the advice, this will definitely be useful for me in the future! x

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    1. I'm happy it's helped you!!

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  10. Doing mock interviews is such a great piece of advice. It helps calm your mind and prepare you!

    Stephanie
    lifestylebystephanie.com

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    1. It helped me so much before my interviews, it's great for other interviews to like uni and apprenticeship ones!!

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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  11. Loved reading this! I have had a few interviews before both as a group and 1 to 1, and both can be really scary! This will help me so much in the future so thankyou! Xxx

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    1. I used to get so freaked out in interviews! Glad this helped you

      Thanks for Reading,
      Soph
      xoxo

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