5 ways to ensure you ace your first job interview!
At EMA Training we know just how daunting it can be going to an Employer interview. We have some top tips from our very own Learner Engagement Consultant, Abby to help you with your confidence!
One of Abby’s main roles with EMA is to support candidates in preparing for job interviews! Abby has helped countless apprentices secure the positions they are now in and love.
Read on for her top 5 tips!
1. Research the company
Always do your research on the employer, this is a really important step. Look on the employer’s website and find out what they do, the product or service they deliver and the culture of the company. If you have questions about the workplace environment, culture, personality or values, be sure to ask during the interview. Remember that the interview is just as much about you finding the right fit for you. Follow the employer on social media, it will help you to understand the culture, project, products and services better. Try and find a recent achievement, have the business won an award, done something ‘above and beyond’. Familiarise yourself with the job description, this will give you a full understanding of what the role entails, and you’ll be able to articulate how your skills and experiences would make you effective in the role.
2. Be prepared
Find out where the employer is based. Is it near where you live? Can you travel by public transport? If you drive, is there parking? How long does the journey take?
If your interview is taking place virtually, here are some tips-
Test Your Technology. The minute you agree to a virtual interview, test your technology to ensure you’re set up for success. Check your internet connectivity, and confirm your camera and microphone are working.
Set the Scene and Minimize Distractions. While testing your technology, determine where to take the interview. Find a room with optimal lighting, preferably near a window, or a blank wall to guarantee you’re the focal point of the conversation. Whether you sit on your living room couch or in your home office, tidy up your surroundings.
3. Practice your interview question answers
Why do you want to secure your apprenticeship there? What is it about the company that you like? Why do you think you’re right for the role? What skills do you have that you believe will be beneficial to the employer? Make sure you match your skills and personal qualities to what the employer is looking for. It’s always best to build a rapport with the employer, elaborate on your answers, engage in conversation and be personable.
4. Ask questions
At the end of the interview you may be asked if you have any questions. It’s always a good idea to have a few questions prepared! You may want to ask why they enjoy working here, what qualities do their most successful employees have, what are they looking for in a candidate, what are the next steps in the process? Ask them what opportunities are available for your personal progression within the business, are you replacing someone that has progressed within the business? Could you have the same opportunities if you show your capable? Do they have a busy period that you would be expected to avoid holidays? Why is it a ‘busy period’? What sort of training is involved? What is the office culture/social side like?
5. Look your best
Always make sure that you are dressed smart, suited, and booted is best. Even for a virtual interview! After all, first impressions are really important.