Our economy in it’s current state has impacted us all the past year. As a result, many business owners in the hair, fashion and beauty industries are applying for either full time jobs or additional part time jobs to fill the financial gaps. For some it will be the first time ever applying for employment. Graduates are entering the work space at the same time. It’s a tough space and the competition is rough. If this is you, at this point you should be considering: is my interview game hot or not?
Here’s the thing, I love people and I really want them to succeed. So when a candidate full of potential sits in front of me, babbling without direction and messing up an interview, what I really want to do is slide over a sticky note with bullet points. The first bullet point would probably read: calm the f- down.
An interview is as daunting for an employer as it is for then candidate being interviewed. Its like dating. Im looking for the perfect fit. Someone who will charm my clients. Someone strong enough to sell my brand yet sensitive enough to have a good chemistry with the members of my team. It’s like finding a golden needle in a haystack. From the view point of a business owner, the next time I see someone for an interview, I would love to see the following:
1.Dress for success.
I know, I know, what a cliché to start with but, first impressions do matter. How you dress and prep for an interview is an indication of how you choose to present yourself. If your fingernails are black with dirt- what will your work space look like? Tip: If you’re not a stiletto girl, skip them. Feeling awkward makes you look awkward. Your employer wants to see YOU.
2. Introduce yourself properly.
Don’t sit and stare waiting for questions. Greet your panel, Introduce yourself (name and surname) with a handshake. Speak audibly and and clearly. To start with, tell them that you would love to work for their company and most importantly, why. An employer wants to see passion. Is this just another application wanting to earn a salary or is this a candidate who has chosen to live their purpose working for your company? Be that person that looks for a job based on a company you can see yourself living your passion through. I’v posted this link in my last blog but it seriously is worth the watch if your unsure of your own why: Simon Sinek- find your why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPYeCltXpxw3.
Make a point of taking a deep breath, speaking slowly and really listening to your interview questions. Don’t just answer what you want to answer, but what they are asking of you. An interviewer has very specific things they look for in a potential employee. Questions are formulated to draw those things out. If you do not answer what is asked, you may talk in circles and miss an opportunity.
This is your time to shine bright. Tell your interviewer about your most recent achievements and also how the experience you gained from these achievements influenced you to grow. This shows that you reflect on events and assess experiences for good and bad lessons. Smile and be you. Here’s the thing. You my get a job based on false pretences of who you are, but you will only be able to keep it up for so long before you are caught out and end up making both you and your employer miserable. If you can’t do something, say so and add that you are always willing tho learn.
5. Ask questions and consider that this might not be for you.
This is your career as much as what it is their company. Before attending an interview research the company and it’s owners. What is their culture and vision? Is it a team you can see yourself being a part of and that excites you? Is it a place for growth or is it a place that will serve as a step towards your future goals? Can you work your way up to perks? (don’t be entitled and expect to walk in with it all, settle for what you need and work your way up.) Constructive questions that are perfectly fine to ask will be:
- What will be expected of me?
- What will my typical day look like?
- Is there an opportunity within your company that I will be able to work up towards?
- What hours will I be working?
- How will my work be rated? Performance interviews? Peer ratings? Self assessment? Targets?
- Are there incentive/commission structures I can work towards?
- Do not ask what your salary will be as a first question, but rather to end off with something like “what is the salary budgeted for this position?”.
If you cannot see this job opportunity working for you then do not waste your or the companies time by accepting employment. Move along and apply for something where you can shine and live your purpose!
I truly hope this helps you nail that next interview!