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Job Interview Tips From SPCYearbooks

We are a pretty eclectic bunch here at SPC Yearbooks. We have a vast range of interests, and hobbies. In fact, it would be pretty accurate to say that we have a mere two things in common.

1- Our love of yearbooks.
2- We all work here.

So the first point of common interest is pretty much null, I mean, who doesn’t have a deep underlying love of yearbooks? Plus we always blog/ tweet about yearbooks so today, rather than going into more depth and detail about our obsession with them, I will instead discuss our second point of reference. The fact that we all work here.

Actually, it’s not so much the fact that we all work here, rather the fact that we all work. More to the point, the fact that in order for us all to work, we had to interview for our jobs.
Job interviews can be scary, terrifying in fact. Not at SPC Yearbooks of course, an interview here mainly involves playing with puppies, and eating candy floss. But interviews at many companies can be terrifying.

The usual advice
There is this little known website called ‘Google’ if you go to it in your browser and search for job interview tips, you should get about 47,800,000 results, in a fraction of a second. These results will all give you the usual advice. Including things like, research the company, get a good nights sleep, dress well, speak up and show confidence, etc etc. This is the kind of advice any careers adviser in the country would give you. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s all good advice, but you should really know most of it, and a lot of it is common sense.

At SPC Yearbooks we don’t want to give you that advice, we want to give you the good stuff, the stuff that will set you apart from your competition.

The advice to set you apart

This is the advice most people won’t give you. But its the advice that works.

– Great idea for an opening line “Good Morning/ Good Afternoon my name is ______ lets stop using the term ‘interview’ and start saying ‘inter-employment’ ‘cause we all know how this is going to end” It would probably be a good idea to wink after, maybe twice, winking implies confidence.

– Interviews are a place that the company can get a good look at who you are, and decide whether or not they want to employ you. Maybe do a pirouette as you walk into the room so they can see all of you. It also demonstrates that you are fierce and sassy, which they’ll love. Oh and remember that the interview is also a great chance to take a good look at them and decide if you actually want to work for them, so maybe after you pirouette, politely request that they do the same?

– If you get a phone call during the interview, don’t fret, simply answer the phone and say, ‘No Mr Zuckerberg, for the 1000th time, I do not want to take over as CEO of Facebook, I have my heart set on (insert name of company you are interviewing at.) This shows that you have a real passion to work for them, and that you have many other offers of employment, so they should hire you fast. We recon that 90% of employees would hire you on the spot if you did this.

– When asked a particularly difficult question walk over to the window, gaze outside for precisely three minutes and twenty six seconds before rapping the theme tune to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Then leave the interview without saying another word. Email them when you get home saying “how’s that for blue-sky thinking”. It’s worth noting that this wont work if it’s overcast / raining, or if you don’t know the rap to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. But if you get it right, it shows that you are creative, different, and can time three minutes and twenty six seconds without a stopwatch. All qualities that every employer is looking for. Instant job.

– Half way through answering a question suddenly stop, start sniffing the air and say “Correct me if i’m wrong, but I think I can smell the best answer to an interview question you’ve ever received?” Employers love it if you have the ability to smell thoughts and opinions, it really differentiates you from the crowd.

– Interviewers love receiving a standing ovation after the interview. They’re often very insecure and seek appraisal in any form. Maybe leave a little note thanking them for being such a great interviewer and telling them that if you get the job you will be happy to applaud them out of the office every day.

Dont forget to send them / the HR person a quick email when you get home thanking them for giving you the opportunity to interview. End it with three kisses. It shows that you care.

Last little bit of (real) advice

Interviews can seem really daunting, but actually they’re not that bad. At the end of the day, you’re talking to a person, just a person, and by the time you are of an age to interview for jobs you should have had plenty of experience talking to people. So research the company, research the job, relax and talk to them. Show them the real you, and confidently explain all you have to offer.

Rather than giving you a long list of the generic advice a quick Google search will give you, i’m just going to give you a few bits of advice that I wish I had been given before a couple of interviews I have had.

1- Take your time
One of my first ever interviews, many years ago, whilst I was in sixth form in fact, I remember thinking that I had to answer every question as quickly as possible, wasting no time to showcase the fact that I knew a lot. I ended up talking at a speed that most people would be unable to understand. When you interview, slow down, relax, and talk at a normal pace. And it is perfectly fine to take a little thinking time before answering, interviewers like to see that you are really considering your response.

2- Research research research.
You will be told many times the importance of researching a company before you interview. It is really important, and really easy to do, as long as you have access to the internet! You need to research the company, their values and ethics, research the job, and have a really sound understanding of what it will entail. And finally, research the products they offer, even if you think you know what they do, research the product. When I was at Uni i applied for an internship one summer. It was great opportunity to get some experience in the marketing department at Jaguar & Landrover. I had researched the company, knew all about their marketing techniques and what the internship would involve. I knew the product, I mean, they sell cars, I have no real interest in cars, but I could drive and I knew what they were.

The interview was going great, until the very end, when I was chatting with the interviewer and he asked what my favourite Jaguar model was, my response of ‘S Class maybe?’ was greeted with a very dejected face. I knew my chances of landing the internship had just been slashed significantly.

3- Don’t panic
Heres the unfortunate truth. You are not going to land every job you apply for. You’re probably not going to be offered the first job you apply for. I mean, you might, or you might not.

Don’t panic, everyone gets rejections, it’s fine. It might not feel nice at the time, but you pick yourself up, and learn from it. When I left Uni and started applying for jobs, my aim wasn’t to be employed in ‘x’ amount of time, it was to ensure that every interview I had went better than the last. You really can earn from every interview, every mistake, and every success. There will be another interview, there will be another opportunity. So relax, be yourself, and go into every interview knowing that there will be another, and you’ll be an even more attractive candidate on the next one, because you will have learnt from your failure. You’ll also learn to get a feel of the company and interviewer, and will be able to decide if it is right for you.

By the time I got round to interviewing here, I knew almost instantly that I really wanted the job. But then again, that was probably down to the puppies and candy floss.

Thanks for reading xxx

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