You may have noticed things have gone a bit quiet on the blogging front. That is because in these past few months there have been some big changes in the life of Lola! One of those being starting a new job! I am sure you all remember the days of scary interviews, what to say, what to wear etc and then the daunting task of heading into the office for your first day! All of these become so much harder when you find a company you really want to work for – and my mind went into overload – but hey I got the job so it can’t of all gone that bad! I am now an account executive for a creative marketing and PR company, we have some great clients and I can’t wait to get my teeth stuck into whatever they have in store with me. So, here are some tips on how to smash that interview and land that dream job!
DRESS TO IMPRESS:
This may seem obvious to many, however speaking with friends who do HR you would be surprised how people turn up to interviews. Wet hair, short skirts and a face caked in make-up is not the way forward. As much as we want to avoid it – first impressions are everything! I created a brand – brand Lola, and this means I have set an image and standard for myself from interview to job. Although my office is casually dressed, I will always come in as I would have in the interview. A smart shirt, suit or dress with hair neatly done and subtle make-up, this enables you to keep your head int he game and not become so relaxed.
KNOW YOUR STUFF:
Company research is key and it’s something that used to get me. Know what your company is about, their ethos, their work ethics and most importantly their clients. Having client knowledge and showing passion especially can allow you to connect with the interviewee and show how much of an asset you will be. Not only that, but understand the role you are applying for, play to your strengths and know what skills and knowledge your previous experience has given you!
HAVE QUESTIONS PREPARED:
Have you ever left an interview feeling like ‘dam I should have asked them that!’, know what you want to get out the company, after all an interview is just as much for you as it is them! Where do you want to be? What do you want to achieve? Ask them about progression and training, after all this only shows your eagerness and want to learn , not only this but it shows you are dedicated and trying to form your career not just pay the bills.
This is the most important – in an industry like mine, personality counts for a lot and shrinking violets aren’t accepted. Be chatty, smiley and friendly, yet understand the fine line of being heard and making your stamp to being overbearing and brash or a mouse. Find the happy medium and you will find you’ll slot in just fine!
BE USEFUL AND ASK:
In your first few weeks you will find yourself probably with more time than others as you are trying to get to grips with various parts of the company. If you have nothing to do, then ask – there will come a point where you will crave this free time! If your colleagues look swamped step up and offer to help even if it means they pass on work you are not fond of! You need to make your mark and not be work shy! Asking for more work is better than sitting there twiddling your thumbs!
Do you have any great interview/new job advice?