How To Boss Your Next Interview
Whether it’s your 1st or your 50th interview, preparation is key! Not only will it help to make things go smoothly, it’ll help to reduce your nerves too! It’s best to start with the basics – research, knowing your CV back to front and OF COURSE prepping your interview ‘fit.
We’ve got plenty of tips to help you boss your next interview, ideas on what to wear and advice on how to reduce those pre-interview nerves and anxiety!
Interview Prep: The Basics
Let’s start with the basics – research! The best things to get clued up on are:
1. The job role you’re applying for
2. The brand or company you’re interviewing for
3. The industry they work in
4. Their competitors
This will help you to understand what may be expected of you in your role and offer the brand an insight into competitor or industry activity from an outsider’s perspective. It will also help you to make sure your CV is relevant to the role before you go to the interview, or even apply!
The MOST important CV advice we could give you is that the best ones are short and sweet with super relevant information. Keep to one or two pages in total and put your most relevant experience at the top – for Grads, have your degree at the top of the first page, or if you have past work experience to shout about, use that! These will be your main talking points throughout your interview, so the more you can relate them to the new role, the better.
Some more fab CV tips:
1. Use bullet points to explain your experience and past responsibilities – keep in mind what you might be doing in the new role to keep the info relevant!
2. A creative CV is a great way to stand out from the crowd if the role is really competitive!
3. Make sure to take some spare copies to give to your interviewer(s) to read and leave with them.
4. Don’t forget a copy for yourself – it’s okay to have one in front of you to reference! Just make sure you know it back-to-front, so you aren’t head down reading it the whole time. Eye contact is key!
The next step to being prepared is knowing what to wear. Plan your ‘fit in advance in case you need to buy something – don’t leave it until the night before and find yourself in a panic when something doesn’t fit! Dressing well can help boost your confidence on the day too. Don’t wear it if you don’t feel comfortable!
Tailoring would be our go-to for an interview – a blazer can look super smart and is a great way to inject some colour into your look too. Or tailored trousers or a midi skirt paired with a blouse or shirt is another strong look to go for. Or for the ULTIMATE boss bitch ‘fit, wear a full suit!
Be sure to have your clothes ready the night before, including your shoes (smart flats or low heels are best) and any accessories, like some simple jewellery. Have your bag ready and packed with everything you need to take with you, too. You want to reduce your stress levels as much as poss' on interview day – you’ll thank us for this when it’s one less thing to worry about!
Whether your interview is face-to-face or over the phone (or zoom), being nervous is totally normal! Take your time to answer questions as nerves can make you rush. Try to structure your answers too to keep them relevant. Use examples from your education or work experience - talk through your actions to resolve problems, and the outcomes you achieved.
Plan some questions for the end of your interview too, for the question we all dread the most: “is there anything you wanted to ask us?” It’s better to ask something than nothing at all – this leaves a good impression, and makes you look interested in the company and eager for the role. Some great examples include:
- What’s the team structure?
- Will there be opportunities for progression?
You can use the research you’ve done here too, to ask any questions you might have about the company or the role that haven't already been touched on.
Our final, and maybe most important, interview tip would be to be yourself! This is the interviewer's chance to get to know you and see if you’re the right fit for the team as well as the role. Stay professional, but try to relax and let your personality shine!
And Finally: GOOD LUCK
Remember: nerves are normal, but a new job is something to be excited about! Try some of our tips to make sure your day runs smoothly and prepare so that you’re ready for anything. The more prep you do, the less anxiety you’ll have for the unexpected. And if you don’t succeed, you have the tools to try again. But you’ve got this babe! You’re gonna BOSS IT.