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September 6 2018
Job interviews – we’ve all had them. But that doesn’t make them less daunting, especially if your dream job is on the line!
Whether you’re next interviewing for highway jobs, water industry jobs or other jobs in the infrastructure sector here are our top 4 tips to help you ace your next interview and land yourself the perfect job.
There’s nothing worse than being stumped when asked a question about the company you’re interviewing for. Of course, you’ll already know the big stuff, such as what services they offer, where they’re based and how big the company is. But you’ll need to dig a little deeper - find out who they are, how they got started and what the company’s values are. Try to understand the company’s personality.
You’ll also want to find out about the team you’re working in if you’re able to. Imagine you got the role – what would you want to know about your new team? Research your questions and take note of any answers you can’t find, so you know what to ask at the end of the interview.
When you’re interviewing for a job, it’s easy to focus on the company and the role you’re going for. But don’t forget – the company will want to know about you too, and what you can bring to their company.
You’ll want to make sure you know how to accurately describe yourself to the interview, particularly if they ask you the dreaded ‘tell me about yourself’ question. A great trick is to write down 3 words that you feel accurately describe you professionally, then stitch them together as a way to describe yourself in a few sentences. You can even ask your friends and family whether they’d agree with your 3 words, as we are often perceived differently to how we think we come across.
This one goes without saying, but it is essential to a successful interview. Making sure you give yourself extra time for getting ready and travelling are crucial, as well as making sure you bring the required documentation.
Double/triple check the interview requirements. Do they need a passport? A certificate of qualifications? Make sure it’s all packed and ready to go the night before so you don’t forget it in the morning.
This is easier said than done, but relax! Being nervous is a good thing as it shows you are doing something worthwhile for yourself.
Remember: The interviewer probably knows you’re nervous and is sure to give you the benefit of the doubt. If you find yourself getting worked up in the interview, there’s nothing wrong with politely asking if you can have a moment to think a little longer on a question.
If it’s a panel interview, it’s also worth remembering that the interviewer may just be as nervous as you. Quite often inexperienced employees are pulled into panel meetings, and they want to do just as good a job.
You’ll also want to make sure you’ve eaten before the interview (maybe not directly before…) to ensure you don’t get a rumbly tummy and are energised and ready to tackle any questions thrown your way.