Every kindergartener thinks about their dream job from time to time. Whether it was a doctor, a firefighter, a princess, or a horse, you knew what job you wanted and you were going to go after it by any means necessary. What you probably didn’t think about was the dreaded interview process – being a horse has some stiff competition these days (I hear those interviewers are real neigh-sayers).
Now, while your specific job ideas may have changed over the last ten or twenty years, your dreams of finding a job have not. These days, your expectations are probably more realistic (sorry Seabiscuit wannabe), and you realize that you’ll have to face the harsh reality of convincing other people that you are right for a job – in other words, you’ll have to nail the interview!
Does even hearing the word “interview” make you want to light yourself on fire and run off the nearest cliff? If you already started checking Google maps for cliffs near you, you might want to read these tips.
Do Your Homework
The worst thing you can do for your interview process is feel like you know all about the company, just because you eat their product or wear their footwear. Do some research about the organization you are interviewing for. This will help you to tailor your responses and to show you are a keen worker-bee. Spend some time reading their website (specifically looking at company goals and mission statements). Google or Linkedin some of the employees to learn a little more about the work experience required for the positions. Check out the company’s various social media platforms to gain some important insight about upcoming products and ideas. Do they have an event coming up next month? Are they changing their tagline? Be in the know so you can blow the interviewers away with your in-depth knowledge.
Dress to Impress
While “dressing to impress” will be different for every job interview, think about your appearances and consider your outfit carefully. Here are some general dressing tips:
Keep your nails short and well groomed. Your hands will be near the interviewers, and it is a small but easy indicator of how well you take care of yourself.
Understand the environment of the company before you pick your outfit. Is it a relaxed environment? Do the employees wear suits to the office? Know before you go!
Avoid loud colours and flashy ties as these can be off putting to interviewers.
Brush your teeth before going to the interview. Nothing says, “hire me” like fresh breath.
Keep accessories to a minimum. Flashy jewelry may blind your interviewers and they will no longer be able to see how great you are.
There is always that dreaded interview moment where the employer asks you “do you have any questions for us?” They may as well be asking you what the square root of 368362 is! Asking questions shows that you are invested in the job and that you have done your homework. Always go in with a few questions prepared (if you only go in with one potential question, they might answer if during the interview process and you’ll be out of luck). When in doubt, ask questions like “what are the next steps in the interview process?” or “can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?” These questions show that you’re eager to move forward in the employment process and that you are very interested in the position.
See it and Believe it!
The worst thing you can do for your interview is psych yourself out before you even enter the building. Take deep breaths, get yourself centered, and visualize the interview process going well. According to an article in The Huffington Post, “visualizing our actions work in our favour because neurons in our brains interpret imagery as equivalent to a real-life action. When we visualize an act, the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to ‘perform’ the movement. This creates a new neural pathway that primes our body to act in a way consistent to what we imagined.” In other words, if you can see it, you can do it! Try visualizing your success before your next interview and see that your fantasy may become reality.
Go to a Workshop to Lean More
ISN’T IT A WEIRD CONINCIDENCE THAT WE HAPPEN TO BE HOSTING OUR OWN WORKSHOP ABOUT INTERVIEWING SKILLS? You should probably come to that workshop if you want more awesome tips on this subject. On March 26th we will be hosting an all-encompassing workshop with mock interviews, resume editing, professional headshots, and even more awesome interview advice. Want more info on the workshop? Check out our Facebook Event for all the details!
We hope you enjoyed these tips and utilize them for your next horse interview! We know you’ll land a stable job for sure (see what I did there?)
Until next time (or unit the workshop)