When it comes to preparing for a job interview you've probably heard it all by now, or have you? Here are the latest insider tips to help you ace your next interview.
You know you need to do your research and prepare for potential interview questions. You know how to communicate your strengths and weaknesses in a positive way and have a host of real life examples at hand that demonstrate your leadership skills and initiative.
You are very aware that first impressions count, you know what it means to “dress for success” and are as confident and upbeat as you will ever be.
Feel like you know it all as far as job interviews go? According to the latest research there are still some very practical things you can do to increase your chances of landing a job.
Clean up your profile
Employers and recruitment agents regularly use social media to determine whether a potential candidate would be the right fit. Social Sweepster is an app that detects pictures of suspicious objects, it also detects profanity from past posts. It is not unheard of for a recruiter to reject a candidate based on their social media image. So make sure your online profile is clean.
Timing is everything
Research shows that the best time to schedule an interview is 10:30am on a Tuesday morning. It is not always possible to set the interview meeting but according to the experts interviewers are in the best mental state at this time. Avoid the beginning or end of a business day because professionals are probably rushing to attend to their first and last business requests. Similarly Mondays and Fridays are not ideal. Lunchtime should also be avoided as interviewers may be too hungry or too sleepy to give their full attention to an applicant.
Re-enacting an interview with a friend could help you get a different perspective on the image that you present to a prospective employer. Alternatively recording yourself could provide an objective view of your behaviour. Role-play is a great way to prepare for the unexpected.