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As promised I will explain a few things I did that were helpful in getting through the interview process for my new job. I hope they help people in the same situation as myself. I was less experienced compared to some of the other applicants and I think staying true to this advice was useful.
1 - Be Honest
This is vital in any interview. Unless you’re some type of MI5 agent who is a pro at misleading then lying is a no no. On the application it stated experience in certain areas would be helpful however, I did not have any relating experience. You may think bending the truth is useful and can make you look more hireable but those lies will catch up to you. I told my employers straight, even though I did not have the experience that I was a fast learner and was willing to work as hard as possible. I think this showed my commitment to the role and my enthusiasm to learn. It is remarkably easy to remember the truth!
2 - Be Prepared
This may sound obvious but I was super prepared for my interview. Looked up the company, what they did, who they worked with, what services they provide, company history etc etc. Also know the job you’ve been asked to do and stress that’s why you want the job. Know the potential employers and what they want like you know the back of your hand. This helps with the next one….
3 - Ask Questions
Can be anything about the company, what work they’re currently doing. I asked a question on how they measure social media impact (as this is a big part of my job) as it was a genuine benefit to me. You can ask about the history of the organisation makes you seem keen. If you seem interested in them they’re more likely to be interested in you!
4 - Know Yourself
This is often forgotten. Check you CV, save your answers to qualifying questions, remember what you’ve told them about yourself. Remember the experiences you have professionally and personally that relate to the role and what is expected. Nothing is worse than forgetting something on your CV when asked about it.
5 - Be Confident
I know this seems easier than it sounds, but if you can get a conversation out of these people, talk to them like they’re normal and not incredibly scary it creates a good atmosphere to be more at ease and more confident. Don’t take this too far there has to be a professional boundary and this will change company to company, you must have to adapt to the situation.
…. well good luck guys!
Will officially be a ‘Social Media and Marketing Executive Trainee’ (whatever that means) in four weeks. eek! As promised will highlight some key aspects from application to getting the job for a bit of advice for those in the same boat.