11 Job Interview Tips

4/11/2016

Hello bunnies! It's been a while since I last posted on my blog (5 days really, but it feels like forever!) To be honest, the other day I was wondering how long will I continue doing this, and by this I mean blogging, particularly about fashion. But then I realized there is so much more and your blog has to grow with you, since I started applying for internships these last months I decided to write some interview tips. 

To be honest interviews are so much fun, I've always thought that an interview is not a test, but just a way for the company to get to know your profile and skills, but also for them to convince you that this job is the one you want. So there is no need to be nervous at all! Also, my eldest sister works in human resources and she's the one that gets to make all those interviews, so her experience has always been great to me

First of all, think of a job interview as a first date where first impressions do count, but you're there just to get to know the other person as well as the other person is there to get to know you. Here are 11 job interview tips! 

1. Get to know the company's values, mission and history: To be honest I found out that it is quite important to know the values and profile of the workers of the company you're willing to work with because you have to stay true to yourself, and I'm pretty sure we all feel more satisfied if we work on a company that runs according to our own values and way of living. 

2. Get to know your weaknesses: So far I've been into five internships and on three of them the question "What's your weakness?" has popped up, for this my sister's advice has always been to name those weaknesses that suits the company, for example, for a company that you know is about working hard to achieve a goal then a great weakness to name would be that you are ambitious or that you demand a lot to yourself.

3. Sleep tight: Honestly I do not recommend to have a long night before the day of the interview, you need to be awake and fully aware when you get to it, specially if you are a nervous person. You can go out for dinner or bowling or whatever you want that does not involve a long night out or drinking til late. Otherwise, you'll feel pretty tired the day of the interview and trust me, you won't be able to think straight when you get to those analytical questions that sometimes you'll get. 

4. Do whatever makes you happy: If you feel like having some ice cream a day before then go for it! I've found out that making my days wonderful the week of the interview helps me through the process, that way you get distracted and feel more comfortable with yourself, remember you have to be on a great mood! First impressions DO count here! 

5. Think aloud!: Okay, this tip is for analytical questions. Trust me, they do not want to know if you know the right answer, they just want to know how you reason, but if you stay quiet and just say the answer then it will not really let them realize how you truly reason, so next time the question "how many churches are in your city?", share your calculations and assumptions rather than just blurt out the answer.

6. Wear something comfortable: Try to wear something that goes according to your personality, but try navy or black, personally I do not recommend strong colors for a serious company. Also, if you're a big fan of skirts I would try to avoid short skirts, please do wear something discreet.

7. Be the best version of you: Some people pretend to be someone else just because they want to make a good impression; however, you have to trust yourself, you are unique and all they want to know is if your profile goes along with the company. Is not that you are not good for the job, but sometimes the profile does not fit the job and it's better to find that job that goes along with who you are! If they see how confident you are with yourself, trust me, that will help! 

8. Make good impressions: By this I mean to everyone you encounter. I once heard a story of a man that was running late to a job interview and on his way to the office he pushed a man on the subway, when he got to the job interview it turned out that the interviewer was that man he passed by. So try to be nice to everyone you pass by on your way to the interview! Also, when you get to the office I usually smile to everyone and a "Good morning" is always welcome.

9. Body language: Remember body language is everything! Try to move a little your hands while you speak, if you have a chair with wheels avoid swinging too much, smile and make eye contact. While listening to the interviewer show interest, a solid posture and nod. Also, avoid playing with a pen, touching your face or hair or even chewing gum.

10. Show interest: The other day I was making a job interview simulation to help out my sister with her work and one of her comments was that I wasn't really showing interest on the job. Wooah, quite simple but I've never thought of it! You need to let the company know that you're interested in the job and the company. On my last job interview one of the interviewers was impressed of all I knew about the company when I said why I wanted to work there, because he realized that I was truly interested about working there not because I wanted money, but because I truly like the company itself and I want that kind of profile. 

11. Arrive on time: Last but not least, you must arrive on time. I'm not really known for punctuality, but I'm always on time when I have a job interview or something as important as getting right on time to your job. You're not in school anymore, there's not a 5 min tolerance and you need to take this seriously. (Damn, is just like I'm talking to myself...)

So this is it, bunnies! I know the post is a little bit longer than what it usually is, but it was necessary. I truly enjoyed sharing all these tips with you and hope you found them useful. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to let me know!
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23 comentarios

  1. Great tips! Thanks for sharing ! xoxo

    Vildana from Living Like V (I HAVE A GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG SO BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT) & Stalia Is BAE

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  4. So interesting! Great tips :)

    xoxo ❤
    Melania | modeintechnicolor.blogspot.com

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  5. i need this so much! thanks for sharing!
    I'm very bad at job interview. Sometimes the reason why I never get a job

    kandice.me

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    1. Oh no! I'm truly glad you found it helpful, it's quite easy once you find confidence on doing it, best of luck for future job interviews!

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  6. I always have to watch my body language because when I get nervous I fidget. These were really good tips though, I'm so terrible at job interviews!

    Sally - DiagonSally

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    1. My problem with body language has always been that I tremble a bit, but somehow no one notices, they always tell me how confident I look! It's just about relaxing a little and understanding it's not an exam, but just like a date to see if that's what you both want (: Best of luck on future interviews and hope this was helpful!

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  7. This a very helpful post, Brenda. I will have to go to job interviews this summer and I'm super nervous about them, so I like to get as much tips as I can from all the people who seem to know what they are doing, haha. I'm horrible at body language, so I will need to improve that and look up more about the companies :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. Thanks, Leta! Best of luck for your job interviews this summer, I'm pretty sure you'll do great so don't be nervous! Hope my tips were helpful (:

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  8. Are the macaroons part of the job interview tips? Because I love macaroons and they got me all distracted eheh.
    Jk, great tips!

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    have a great day!
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    1. Lol, macaroons are always helpful!! Thank you so much, girl (: I will check out yours as well!

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  9. This is so helpful, hopefully put some of them to use soon applying for training contracts! Really enjoyed reading this x

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