I have some pretty exciting news – I GOT A NEW JOB!! And I couldn’t be more excited about it. I studied Journalism at University which consisted of loads of media studies based modules, but I have known for a long time I wanted a job in marketing. After a couple of months desperately searching for my first full time job out of uni, I was beginning to lose hope and thought I’d be stuck in retail forever.. I had rather a lot of “why did I bother with uni” moments!! Then one day I received an email from one of my lecturers regarding a Digital Marketing Officer position. I read through the application form, filled it in and sent it off. The next day I got a phone call asking me to come in for an interview, and that part of my interview would be me giving a 10 minute presentation on a subject they gave me! I was shocked at how quickly they had got back to me.
On Tuesday 1st August, I made my way to head office and had my interview.. oh the nerves!! I came out with a huge smile on my face. It went so well, and even if I didn’t get the job, I would have been so happy with how the interview had gone! I got a phonecall later that same day to ask if I could go the next day and meet the CEO of the company for an informal chat.. it was then that he told me that I’d got the job! So I am now a Digital Marketing Officer.. WOOOO!!
For this post, I wanted to give my top 5 tips on getting through a job interview, now I have experienced it!!
1) BE YOURSELF – Now I know this is pretty cliché, but it is so important. The people interviewing you will potentially be your colleagues/managers therefore it’s so important that you are showing your true self when in the interview.
2) DON’T LET THE NERVES SHOW – I know this is so much easier said than done, but you have to try and keep yourself as calm and collected as possible. Being professional is key so try and keep the nerves under control. Nerves are good though, they mean you are determined to do well!
3) DO YOUR RESEARCH – Companies expect you to do research before your interview, and it’s important that you do because you want them to know that you are really interested in the position and it will help you stand out to them.
4) BE PROUD OF YOURSELF – Interviews are a big deal, and don’t feel upset or disheartened if you don’t the job for the first interview you go to.. they are a learning curve and you should be proud of yourself no matter what the outcome.
5) REHEARSE – Some interviews, including mine, will require you to do a presentation or some other form of mini project. Make sure that if this is the case, you leave yourself plenty of time to come up with your project and rehearse it. Go over it a couple of times to yourself or to a loved one, so that when you’re in the interview you have a clear mind and know exactly what you’re talking about.
There’s my top tips when going into a job interview. I hope this helps you guys out in some way! If you have an interview come up good luck!
See you all soon..