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Finding a new job can be stressful. From polishing up your CV to nailing your perfect interview look, there’s so much to think about. If you’re based in London and getting ready to interview for a job in events industry, you might be wondering how you can make the most of the experience. With a little bit of passion and preparation, there’s no reason you can’t dazzle the interviewer with your flawless technique. Read on to find out how you can put your best foot forward in interviews.
Do your research
All good interview technique starts with a good level of research. Find out everything you can about the company you will be meeting with. Even if you have applied through a recruitment agency, you should still take the time to get to know the company. There’s nothing worse for a hiring manager to sit across from someone who hasn’t taken the time to find out the basics about the company.
With social media and sites like Glassdoor, you can also find out what you can expect from the interview process. This can help you to prepare, but don’t rely on this entirely. Your interview might be very different from those shared online, so you don’t want to be underprepared.
When going to interviews in London, there are so many things that can go wrong that will make your day more stressful. Eliminate the stress by taking the time to get to your destination around 30 minutes before you need to be there. If you get stuck on the tube for 10 minutes, you won’t arrive all flustered.
When you arrive, find a coffee shop and sit quietly for a few minutes. You can then walk calmly into the building between 5 and 10 minutes before your interview is supposed to start and watch as other candidates arrive out of breath and covered in sweat.
Learning to sell yourself in an interview setting is really hard. It isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone, so you may need to take the time to practice. One way to get more practice is to go to each and every interview you are offered, even if the role isn’t the right fit.
The only way to get used to selling yourself in an interview setting is to practice. It might feel like a waste of time attending interviews for jobs you aren’t completely excited about, but you may make important contacts along the way. And, you never know, you might discover that your first impressions of a company weren’t completely accurate.
Under no circumstances should you bend the truth in an interview. Telling a lie just to get the job will always come back to bite you, mainly because it’s really hard to keep lies in order. If you are asked the same question again in a later stage of the interview, you probably won’t give the same answer and the interviewer will know you told a porky. Instead, focus on being honest but make sure you paint yourself in a positive light.
Ask for feedback
When you leave a disastrous interview, you’ll most likely just want to crawl into a hole and forget all about it. Don’t do this! Bad interviews are often the best learning experiences. If you crumbled under the pressure or couldn’t remember the contents of your own CV, you’ll know what you need to work on for next time.
Always ask for feedback after an interview, even if you think you know where you went wrong. More often than not, the interview will have gone better than you thought, but there may be small things you do that give interviewers doubts.