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Part 1: 5 Ways to Be More Interesting at a Job Interview

Posted: February 28, 2017 at 1:31 pm | Author: Chris Davies

We all like to hear interesting things, so where better to use it to your advantage than during a job interview? Here’s how.

Job interviews can be a daunting experience, and one that leaves many of us feeling nervous both before and after. This is even truer when it comes to being interviewed for office jobs and graduate roles. After all, the setting, formality, and questions asked can be very different to those found in interviews for temporary or in-the-gap positions. It’s often a lot more serious and competitive. One of the most important things you can do is make yourself interesting, make the interviewer intrigued as to who you are and how you can benefit their company. The interview is yours to control, you just need to know how to make yourself interesting.

In this guide, we highlight five of the best ways to achieve this to help you get your first big job.

Interview Tips

Before we move on to the ways in which you can make yourself more interesting, it is important to run over some of the key interview tips that you should remember before you head off.

The first of these is that you should always dress to impress. Whether it’s a job at McDonald’s as a fry cook, or a position as a trainee manager of a new company, you should always look smart and well groomed. You might ask what the point is if you are applying for a fry cook position, or another role that is considered “low-end” by many.

The reason is respect. An interviewer appreciates that you have made the effort, because it shows them that you respect the job that you are being interviewed for, and that you also respect them. You will find interviewers warm to you much faster if you are well dressed.

Secondly, don’t try too hard. Many people find themselves listing off various achievements like a checklist. Employers are interested, but remember they have your CV in front of them, so they can see all of your achievements. The interviewer wants to get to know you, so just try to relax and make conversation. Be confident, but make sure you hold on to some modesty so that you keep your cool.

Thirdly, turn your phone off. So many people forget to do this before they enter an interview. Your phone ringing or vibrating is considered to be incredibly rude – so make sure it is off or set so that it makes no sound or vibrations. The interview is about you and the person asking questions; a ringing phone makes it look as though you are not entirely focused on the interview.

Fourthly, be careful with your jokes. Sometimes a little bit of humour or banter will work well – especially if you and an interviewer are getting on. However, keep the joke to a minimum and make sure you don’t go too far. Letting even a little comment slip out can ruin your chances of receiving an offer. Keep it polite, tame, and professional.

Finally, set your social media to private. Your potential employers will be looking to see what you have been up to and to try and gain an impression of what you are like. Make sure you ensure everything you don’t want them to see is hidden from them so that you don’t ruin your chances.

Part 2:  5 Ways to Be More Interesting at a Job Interview

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