- Show enthusiasm: If you are just doing the numbers and turning up to interviews to tick a company off your list, then forget it. You are wasting your time and the company who is interviewing you. Show enthusiasm and interest in the role you are going for.
- Research: It's competitive out there, so if you haven't read the company website thoroughly, then don't turn up for the interview. It's the very least you can do.
- Tell the truth: If you lie, you have to be a very good liar. Eventually, you will become unstuck and whether you have been with the company for 1 week, 1 year, or 10 years, you will lose the trust of the people you work with.
- Explain your past positions in a positive light: This says a lot about you. If you say negative things about your past roles or the brands you have worked with, that means you will in the future say negative things about the business you are being interviewed by.
- Work out what you bring to the table: Every interviewee wants to know what you bring to the table. Usually, they have to ask a series of questions in order to work this out. Help them out by going through what you bring to the table and why you're the best person for the job.
- Show passion: Every perspective employer loves someone who is passionate about their career.
- Team players rule: Being able to work as a team is imperative to any organization performing at their optimum. You ability to communicate how you work as part of team and what role you play is essential.
- Be teachable: There will be things you don't know about the role or about any position that you may be going for. In your job interview, you will need to be able to show that you are teachable, and not a know-it-all.
- Have a compelling story to tell: There is nothing worse as an interviewer falling asleep in the interview. When you are telling your story, tell it with soul. Show the interviewer just what an amazing life you have had and how this new role will only add to that.
- Make eye contact: Don't look down, or stare at the wall. Look the person asking questions right in the eye's and engage with them. Pause when you are talking, still holding the eye contact. Now that's how to make an impact.
- Know the industry and position well: This goes without saying, but never go to an interview without doing your homework.
- Be in touch with your strengths and weaknesses: Don't be afraid to put forward your weaknesses as long as you explain them complemented by ways you are working on these weaknesses. Everyone has weaknesses so the worse thing ever in an interview is when an interviewee says they have none that they can think of.
- Be authentic: There is only one you. You don't have to be someone else to get my attention. In fact, what makes us different makes us beautiful. By owning this, you will show just how authentic and unique you are compared to others.
- Know what you want in a role and just how much you are prepared to work for it.
- Send a thank you note after the interview. Be old fashioned and send it in the mail. It's the little touches that count.
Our team have been interviewing hundreds of candidates and its interesting to see how many of them perform in an interview setting, or as many would say, on the first date.
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Mellissah Smith is a marketing expert with more than 20 years experience. Having founded and built two successful marketing companies internationally, she is well recognized as a industry thought leader and innovator. Mellissah started her career working with technology and professional services firms, primarily in marketing, public relations and investor relations, positioning a number of successful companies to list on the various Stock Exchanges around the world. She is a writer, technology developer and entrepreneur who shares her thoughts and experiences through blogs and written articles published in various media outlets. Brag sheet: #2 marketer to follow on Twitter (2003), Top 150 Marketers to Follow (2015), Top 10 innovative marketers (2014), 60K+ followers on Twitter with 97% authentic.
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