It’s been quite a week for me with huge plans and big changes afoot. I’ve been so quiet on social media lately due to our family plans involving moving from the tiny Isle of Wight back to the big island. I’m very excited and I’m also very nervous. It means big change for us all, including starting a new job.
I had been in my current role for almost 5 years, so I knew my clients and my colleagues. I had found my spot in the company and I was well into my comfort zone. I’m now leaving said zone and it is utterly terrifying. Although I now have more time for blogging, which is what I wanted. Change can always be a bit scary, but if you choose to embrace it, it might be the best thing you ever done.
I’ve been to quite a few interviews recently (I’ve never done so many!), and I thought it would be a good opportunity to share a few tips and tricks I’ve learnt along the way.
- Always dress to impress – you can never go too far wrong with a good suit. Personally, I always gravitate towards black, but I recently bought a navy suit from next, which makes me look a bit less washed out. It’s a good colour and just says professional. You make your first impression in the first few seconds of meeting someone so make it count!
- Never ever bad mouth your current employer (even if you think they deserve it). It will only show your lack of loyalty and makes you look unprofessional.
- Don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to clarify a question or to repeat anything. Interviews are often a high pressure experience which all employers understand.
- Be prepared. It shows when you haven’t bothered, and spending half an hour the day before prepping possible answers won’t cost you anything. FYI: always check out their website and Facebook pages for helpful background info.
- You need to be professional but you also need to be yourself. You might have the experience and the relevant pieces of paper, but you also need to show your potential employer aspects of your personality. Most of the accountancy firms I interviewed with were quite small and the teams were very close-knit. They needed someone who would get on with the team there and add to that dynamic.
- Never bring up salary expectations unless they do.
- Be aware that they might look you up on social media. So always bear in mind what you post can be seen by anyone. Always think before you post!
- Keep make up natural and minimal, of course it depends on the role you’re applying for. If you’re applying for the role of makeup artist, then you kinda want to show off your skills. If your going for a role as a primary school teacher, you don’t want to look like you’re heading out on a Saturday night. In some cases less is always more!
I hope that some of this might help any of you doing an interview now or in the future. They’re never the funniest things you could do but with good preparation they aren’t so bad. I’ve done enough to last me a lifetime so I don’t plan on doing any more anytime soon! If you have any other tips and tricks that you found have helped you, let me know and I’ll add it to the list!
Until next time