Not your standard interview tips - or at least we hope so

We canvased our BrightHR employees for creative interview tips. Read our fresh advice about CVs, research, and presentations, and conquer your next interview!

David Quinn: BrightHR Social Media Manager

If you type interview tips into google you get exactly 103,000,000 results. Now we haven’t been through every one of these individually but we can take a good guess that they probably say pretty much the same things. Turn up in good time, dress smart, ask questions at the end of the interview and of course do your research on the company. You’ve heard it all before and it’s all a bit bland really. That's why we wanted to give you some of our personal, not quite your bog standard, interview tips to help you hopefully stand out when it comes to that all important interview.

Make your CV stand out

For the most competitive roles employers will be receiving hundreds of CVs. Of course experience and skills are absolutely crucial and will help you stand out. But have you thought that the design of your CV itself could help Put yourself in the employer's shoes, imagine having to read through hundreds of bland word based CVs, tedious right? So why not add a bit of imagination/design to your CV? How far you push this will depend on the industry you are looking to work in. If it's a design/creative based job then you can push the boat out as far as you feel comfortable, if it's a more straight-laced industry why not just add in the company logos of you last companies you worked for, it’s a simple addition, but you can be sure not many CV will have this.

Do your research, not just on the company but on your interviewers

For many researching your interviewers can seem a little bit stalker-ish but it really can pay dividends. LinkedIn is usually your main source for this information as you can find out all about their career to date and also, more importantly, their specialties in that industry. You could also search for industry specific publications for any articles they may have published. Once you have found out these you can use them to impress by talking about them in the interview. But remember if you don’t have an in-depth knowledge don't make out you do, the interviewer might start to question you on it and then you might be in trouble.

Standing room only

Many interviews take the form of a presentation and one thing that can make you stand out is standing up. Not throughout the interview, that would just be strange, but during the presentation (obviously only do this if it's on a big screen or projector at the front of the room). You can almost guarantee that nobody else will have done it and it shows that you have confidence in what you are presenting and will stand out in the mind of the interviewer.

It’s not just important to be nice, it’s imperative

When you go for an interview you’ll have to impress the interviewer obviously, but there are other people who you might not consider who might have a say. Take for example the receptionist. If you are rude, or are perceived to talk down to them, it’s sure to make it back to the interviewer. We’ve heard one example where the interviewers would send in a ‘tea lady’ to talk to and size up the candidate before the interview. Treat them badly and you can almost wave goodbye to that job.

The final killer question

Interviews can be a nervous affair and sometimes your mind can go blank. But there’s nothing worse than hearing that you haven’t get the job because you didn't touch upon, or elaborate on, a particular issue. That’s where the final killer question comes in. “Is there anything I haven’t elaborated on, or mentioned in, this interview that would hinder me getting the job?”. It’s a bit of an upfront question and needs to be framed in a positive way but surely it's better that you get a chance to address concerns in the interview, rather than let any concerns ruin your chance of getting the job after you have left.

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