5 ways to make sure your next interview goes better than the last
Getting bad news after an interview is never easy, especially if you felt it went well at the time. Nonetheless, it’s crucial that your confidence doesn’t get hit too hard by a rejection, as this can have a detrimental effect on your job search going forward. There are lessons to be taken from every failed interview, and if you take on board your feedback, you can use it to your advantage in your future applications. Taking on board some of the most common feedback we receive from employers, here’s some tips to make sure your next interview goes better than the last.
Keep the nerves under control
Clearly, this is easier said than done. Nerves are inevitable to some extent during a pressurised scenario like an interview, and some people experience them much worse than others. Nonetheless, there are things you can do to control the outward signs of nervousness and ensure it doesn’t get the better of you during an interview. Nerves often stem from a fear of the unknown, so the best way to keep them under control is to prepare as thoroughly as possible – make sure you’re ready for any question they’re likely to ask and you’ll find you feel much calmer, and perform much better as a result.
Be confident, but humble
Regardless of what job you’re going for, it’s always important to display a level of confidence in the interview. Confidence shows an employer that you believe in your own qualities and have the conviction to use your initiative and work independently. However, as with anything, it’s important to find the balance – arrogance is one of the most off-putting qualities that a candidate can display in an interview, so make sure you stay humble.
Don’t be afraid to show some personality
It’s important to remember that an interview is more than just an assessment of your skills and experience. The employer has already seen your CV, so a lot of the time the main purpose of the interview is to see what you’re like as a person and assess whether you’re a good fit for the company. So smile, show your sense of humour, and try to build a rapport – you’d be surprised how much difference it makes.
Always stay professional
As important as it is to show your personality and sense of humour, it’s crucial that you keep within professional boundaries at all times. An inappropriate comment or joke can kill your chances in an instant, so make sure you always keep it professional.
Show some enthusiasm!
If you want the job, and you’re excited about the opportunity, make sure that comes across in your interview. Employers want to see some passion, so make sure you convey your enthusiasm for the job in your answers. Ask for the job at the end of the interview – it will show that you are interested and demonstrate the desire that employers are looking for.
Need some help with your job search? At Kingsgate Recruitment, we always thoroughly prep our candidates to give them the best possible chance in their interview. Send us a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call on 020 8549 7212.