You’ve landed an interview, congrats! Now that you have your foot in the door (probably due to a great resume!) it's time to stand out from the other candidates.
Unsure how? Check out our four tips that will help you ace your interview.
1. Do your homework
The interview process can be a stressful one so make sure you’ve studied! Employers want to see that you’ve learned about their farm or company and are genuinely interested in working for them. We understand that in some cases you won’t always be able to get this kind of information but make a point to try.
As for the job itself, you’ve probably been applying for multiple positions that most likely fall under the same category however, each job has unique qualifications. Does the role require you to know how to operate one make of equipment over another? Make sure you know these specifics and mention them! Even if you don’t have the skill set, talk about how your other experiences would transfer well into this position. By bringing these details into the conversation it tells an employer you've put the time and effort into ensuring you’re fit for the role.
2. Put yourself in the employer’s shoes
Are you nervous about what an employer may ask you in an interview? While it’s impossible to know for sure, try to think about what questions you would have if you were hiring for this position. Put yourself in their position and make a list of what you would ask a potential employee. Be sure to practice your answers that tie in your previous work experiences, education, and other skills. If you need a reminder of your successes, check out your resume!
3. First impressions count
Seven seconds. That’s how long you have to make a good first impression. How will you make the most of this time? To start, pick the proper dress attire. If you were applying for a Farm Labourer position, you probably wouldn’t show up in a suit. While still looking presentable, you should dress for the job you want.
Next, be sure to arrive 10-15 minutes early. If you’re late this will instantly reflect on how you will be as an employee and shows you don’t respect the employers time. Additionally, your demeanor upon arrival will make an impression. Reduce distractions, such as your phone and walk in with a calm, as well as, confident disposition.
4. Ask questions
It is common practice at the end of the interview to be asked if you have any questions. During your chat with the employer, you may have come up with a few but what happens if you don’t? That’s perfectly fine but it is a good idea to walk in with a few questions beforehand. These don’t have to be complicated questions but can include:
- What are you looking for in this position?
- How did you get into your position? What do you enjoy most about your job?
- What opportunities does this position provide?
- Does your organization provide further training options?
As you enter your next interview, try to utilize this advice but above all, remember to be yourself! An employer wants to get to know who you are as a person and to see if you would fit in their farm or company.
If you’re on the job hunt, let us help. Check out our available job opportunities!