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No matter how old you are, managing stress levels before an interview can be challenging. Keeping with the theme of stress awareness month, this article will look at what we mean when we talk about stress, nerves, and anxiety and how to manage your concerns before your next interview.  

What Is The Difference Between Nerves and Anxiety?

Nerves and anxiety are related concepts, but they have some differences. 

Nerves

Being nervous is usually experiencing heightened tension or apprehension, often associated with a specific event or situation. It's a normal physiological response to stress, such as before an important exam, a job interview, or a public speaking engagement. Symptoms of being nervous include increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, and other physical symptoms. It also be accompanied by feelings of uneasiness or butterflies in the stomach. 

Anxiety

On the other hand, anxiety is a broader and more generalized state of uneasiness or worry that is not always tied to a specific event or situation. Anxiety can be persistent and may not necessarily have a clear trigger. It is often characterized by excessive or exaggerated worry about various aspects of life, such as work, relationships, health, or the future. Anxiety can manifest in physical symptoms similar to nerves, but it can also affect a person's thoughts, emotions, and behaviour.  In summary, while nerves typically refer to a temporary state of heightened tension in response to a specific event, anxiety is a more pervasive and generalized state of uneasiness or worry that may not always have a clear cause. Anxiety can also be chronic and may require professional help to manage, while nerves are often temporary and may resolve once the triggering event has passed.   

How Should I Manage Stress and Anxiety Before A Job Interview?

Managing anxiety before a job interview can be challenging, but there are several strategies that may help you cope with it. Here are some tips: 
  • Being well-prepared for the job interview can help reduce anxiety. Research the company, review the job description, and practice your responses to common interview questions. Being well-prepared can increase your confidence and reduce uncertainty. 
  • Deep breathing and relaxation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation or meditation, can help calm your body and mind. Take slow, deep breaths and focus on relaxing your muscles to help reduce physical tension and anxiety. 
  • Anxiety is often fuelled by negative thoughts or worries. Challenge and reframe negative thoughts that may be contributing to your anxiety. Ask yourself if they are based on facts or assumptions and try to view the situation in a more balanced and realistic way. 
  • Visualize yourself succeeding in the job interview. Imagine yourself feeling confident, answering questions effectively, and engaging positively with the interviewer. Visualization can help boost your confidence and reduce anxiety. 
  • Taking care of your physical and mental well-being can help reduce anxiety. Get enough sleep, eat healthy meals, engage in regular exercise, and engage in activities that you enjoy. Taking care of yourself can help you manage stress and anxiety more effectively. 
  • Talk to a trusted friend, family member, or mentor about your anxiety. Simply expressing your feelings can help relieve some of the pressure. They may also provide you with encouragement and support. 
  • Grounding techniques can help bring your focus to the present moment and reduce anxiety. Examples include focusing on your senses (e.g., feeling the texture of an object, listening to the sounds around you), or engaging in activities that require concentration (e.g., counting backwards, solving a puzzle). 
  • If your anxiety is persistent and interfering with your daily life, consider seeking professional help from a therapist or counsellor. They can provide you with effective strategies for managing anxiety and help you develop coping skills tailored to your needs. 
 

Is Anxiety The Same As Stress?

While anxiety and stress share similarities, they are not exactly the same. Anxiety is a state of uneasiness, worry, or fear about future events or situations, while stress is the body's response to demands or pressures placed upon it. While stress can trigger anxiety, anxiety can also occur without a specific external stressor.  Stress is a natural physiological response that can be triggered by various situations, such as work deadlines, financial pressures, relationship issues, or major life changes. It can manifest in physical, emotional, and cognitive symptoms, such as increased heart rate, tension, irritability, difficulty concentrating, and changes in sleep patterns.  Anxiety may not always have a clear trigger, and it can persist even when there is no immediate or obvious stressor present.  While some level of stress can be normal and even beneficial in certain situations, chronic or prolonged stress can have negative effects on physical and mental health. Anxiety, similarly, can interfere with a person's daily life, relationships, and well-being if it becomes excessive or persistent.  It's worth noting that stress and anxiety can often coexist and exacerbate each other. Chronic stress can contribute to the development of anxiety disorders, and anxiety can also trigger stress responses in the body. However, they are distinct concepts, and understanding the differences between them can be helpful in managing and addressing them effectively. Seeking support from a healthcare professional, such as a therapist or counsellor, can be beneficial if you are experiencing persistent stress or anxiety.   

We Are Living In Stressful Times

It is no secret that times are pretty tough for a lot of people at the moment. If you are job seeking it is hard work out there! If you enjoyed this article, you might enjoy these from our archive: How Do We Manage Work Related Stress In 2023? How To Handle Difficult Conversations With Your Boss And never forget, if you are feeling stressed or your anxiety is affecting your ability to get on with your usual activities, reach out. Here are some helpful resources:  NHS Anxiety Stress Management   Mind 

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Interviews are a crucial part of the job application process. It's a chance for both the employer and the candidate to know each other better. While the interviewer will ask many questions to determine your suitability for the role, it's essential to keep in mind that there are some questions you should avoid asking. Hiring managers will be looking for more than your qualifications and the worst thing you can do is give the wrong impression based on your questions. In this blog post, we'll discuss five questions that you should avoid asking during an interview. 

5 Questions To Avoid Asking At Your Next Interview

Asking bad questions in your interview may indicate a lack of interest, preparation, or even intelligence. Similarly, asking a good question at the wrong time can be just as damaging. Most of these questions should never be asked in a job interview, and some questions should be saved until a job offer has been made. When an interviewer asks you if you have any questions during a job interview, this is your opportunity to do three important things:
  • Collect final information on the things that will help you make your decision
  • Demonstrate to the interviewer that you have listened and have done some research
  • Show them you are interested, a good fit and would be a great choice if they make you an offer

#1 Asking About Salary And Benefits

Asking about money can be really awkward. While it's important to know the salary and benefits offered for your potential role, you need to avoid asking about it too soon. A first interview for example. If you ask about it too soon, it may give the impression that you're more interested in the compensation than the actual job.  Questions like:
  • How much will I get paid
  • How soon can I get a raise?
  • What discounts do I get?
  • Will you pay for training or an advanced degree for me?
  • What other benefits do you provide?
can give the impression you are not really interested or passionate about the job. Overall it presents a more selfish persona. Obviously, these are important things to know, particularly if you are lucky enough to be comparing several job offers! An exception to this rule would be in they ask you for salary expectation or current salary. In this case you can tell them your salary expectation /requirements are dependent on other aspects of the job like flexibility, training, or raises.  

#2 Asking About Time Off

This can be a tricky one and it comes up all the time as a recruiter. Asking about time off during your first interview may send the wrong message to the employer. It can come across as though you're not committed to the job, and you're already thinking about taking time off. It's best to wait until you've been offered the job before you ask about vacation time or other time off. Try to avoid bluntly asking about time you won't be at work.
  • How much paid vacation time would I get?
  • How soon can I take a vacation after I start work?
  • How many paid personal and/or sick days are allowed?
You are there to talk about the job and demonstrate why you would be a great choice for them.  As with point #1, these kinds of questions give the impression that you are more interested what you get than what you get to do. However, before you start, at some point in the interview process, you should be asked if you have any holidays/time off booked. You can discuss your requirements for vacation and holidays, but this should be part of the negotiation when there is an offer on the table for you. There are a great many benefits to taking time off between jobs - always bear this in mind when you are talking about when you can start!  

#3 Asking Overly Personal Questions

While you want to seem friendly and relaxed, asking personal questions during the interview might be considered inappropriate. Make sure you are aware of the company's formality and what is expected. If in doubt, speak to your recruiter! Questions about the interviewer's marital status, religion, or political views should be avoided. It's important to keep the conversation professional and relevant to the job.  Questions like this are completely inappropriate and will probably kill your chances of getting a job:
  • Want to go out for drinks or coffee later?
  • Is s/he married or have a significant other?
  • Are all the employees here “hot” (or — much worse — “as hot as you are”)?
(They seem crazy don't they, but these are all examples we have seen in the recruitment industry!) Focus on questions about the job. These questions may feel like they’re tension breakers or funny, but they aren’t appropriate in a job interview.

#4 Asking About The Company's Reputation

Asking about the company's reputation may give the impression that you're not familiar with the company. It's essential to do your research before the interview and have a good understanding of the company's history and reputation. As a candidate, you should focus on how you can contribute to the company instead of questioning its reputation.  Avoid questions like "what does the company do?" or "who is the main competition" because you should already know these from your research and asking them will seem as though you are unprepared and uninterested. Research the employer and the location before you go to the interview to be prepared to ask good questions in the interview. If you aren’t interested in them, they surely are not interested in you.  A good way to find out more about the company than you can find online is to ask about company culture, for example:
  • How would you describe your company culture in 3/5 words?
  • What kinds of employee achievements are most recognised?
  • What is your favourite part of working here that I wouldn't see on a tour/read about online?

#5 Asking About The Job Duties

While you should show an interest in the job role and your duties, asking about them in the wrong way may give the impression that you've a) not familiar with this kind of job, b) haven't read the job description or c0 you've read it and forgotten it!
  • What does the person in this job do?
  • What are the requirements of the job?
Questions like this seem to show that you haven't prepared at all - not a good look! In any interview, it's important to read the job description thoroughly before the interview and have a good understanding of the role's responsibilities. If you have any questions about the job duties, it's best to ask for clarification rather than asking what they are. You should speak to your recruiter about the role and description if you aren't sure. It’s always a good idea to bring a copy of the job description into the interview with you. Review it before the interview, and refer to it during the interview, as appropriate.

So, What Should You Ask In Your Interview?

You need to prepare by reading and researching the company, job role and if you know who you are interviewing with you can research them! Often, they will answer most of the common interview questions. Be prepared and think about more questions than you think you will need and take notes throughout the interview so you can remember things that catch your interest. Personal (but still professional) questions are great for example:
  • What do you enjoy most about working here?
  • What have past employees done to succeed in this role?
  • What qualities are the most important to succeeding in this role?
  • Is there anything else I can do or provide to help you make your decision?
  • Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications or experience?
For more interview tips you can head to our previous blog post on the how to interview well. And make sure you follow up with these 4 things to do immediately after your interview to seal the deal.  In conclusion, it's important to keep in mind that interviews are a two-way conversation. While it's essential to prepare for the interview and ask plenty of questions, there are definitely questions you should avoid asking. By avoiding these questions, you'll be able to make a positive impression on the employer and increase your chances of getting the job.  Looking for a new role? Head to Dotgap jobs now for the latest in digital marketing and ad agency vacancies.

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Job interviews are your opportunity to demonstrate your personality and skills in action.  In your marketing interview, you should be ready to talk about your experiences, interests, strengths and weaknesses. Whether you are a graduate or a seasoned professional, interviews can be daunting.  In this article, we will review some interview basics and look more closely at how you can ace your next marketing agency interview.  

Interview Basics

You may have read our previous blog post on the Top 5 Interview Dos and Don'ts earlier this year, but if not, here are the basics: Be prepared, be on time, dress well. While different companies will have different dress codes, it is always a good idea to wear a suit or similar. You should practise answers to questions and prepare relevant questions to ask such as "What is the culture like at this agency?", "how big of a team would I work on" or " what's a client that the agency would love to land?" This shows you are interested in more than just a pay check and can help demonstrate commitment, particularly helpful if you are a graduate with limited experience.  Remember, as we come into the busy fourth quarter you might need to be ready at short notice so preparation is key.

Your Marketing Agency Interview

Now for some more specifics. Marketing agency jobs often require you to work quickly, as part of a team on different campaigns. It is a fast-paced office environment. You will need to demonstrate creativity, adaptability and strong communication skills. If the role is client-facing, interpersonal skills will also be important. 

Prove It With Numbers

In your interview, make sure you have numbers to back up your stories and experience. Data and metrics are a sure way to impress, especially at a digital marketing agency. Using numbers can give more weight to your experiences and ultimately make them more convincing in regard to showing your value. Some ways you can incorporate this into your interview are:
  • How many clicks were generated from campaigns
  • How many followers were gained as a result of your efforts
  • How much profit you generated

Learn and Upskill

Everyone is looking to get ahead of the competition, and in marketing agencies you will always be learning from your clients, co-workers and tasks. You can boost your chances of acing your agency interview by demonstrating your desire to learn and upskill. You can use certifications to get a deeper understanding of the tools that are used in the marketing industry and use your knowledge to impress your interviewer. The great news is there are plenty of free online resources that  you can use to upskill remotely.  

 Good Luck Out There!

Are you looking for your next marketing job? You can see all of our current vacancies at dotgap.com. Register with us today to help find your ideal job. For more interview tips, industry insight and more, visit our blog. You might enjoy these similar articles from the archive. What to Expect From a Second interview In-Demand Marketing Jobs and How To Get Them    

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There’s no escaping social media these days. Whether you use it for you career or not, you need to consider the implications of what could be decades of historical data available online about you. That fan blog you wrote when you were at school for example, or some outdated jokes exchanged with friends from the late noughties. We have talked about using Linked In to help get a job, but it is important you do not overlook other social media platforms as an active job seeker. All social media, used correctly can be great for job seekers. It could, however, be costing you interview opportunities. Recruiters and potential employers may actively search for applicants on social media when they are reviewing your CV so if you have an online presence, you need to make sure it is working in your favour with a social media audit. Read on to find out what you can do to give your social media the once over.

Five Tips For Optimising Your Social Media Presence:

 

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#1 Check Google

You may not think you have much of an online presence but you might be mentioned or tagged elsewhere, or perhaps you have an old profile somewhere you have forgotten about. Google your name and social media handles and remove any information you do not want public. Try setting up a free Google alert to let you if you turn up somewhere in the future. 

#2 Privacy Settings Vary

Privacy settings vary from platform to platform, and are subject to change. If you are a job seeker or not it is a good idea to make sure you are up to date on what 'public' and 'private' means across your networks and what can be seen on your profile from outside your direct connections. Click here for a great article on how to protect your privacy settings online:

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#3 Be Consistent

Once you have established what is visible, you need to make sure there is consistency with the profile you have created in your job application and the profile that is visible in a search of your name. Make sure there are no obvious differences in basic information and, if you have time, you could think about sharing some content that is relevant to the job you are seeking or to support your interests and skills. 

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#4 Be Mindful

Be mindful of how you might sound to potential employers when commenting. Try to get involved in conversations on Linked In or Facebook groups that are relevant to your field, but always time to consider your responses. Avoid political commentary or bad-mouthing previous co-workers or employers – jokes can be highly subjective so be aware of how things might sound out of context! 

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#5 Keep it Simple

Don't try and cultivate two or three entirely different identities. Simplicity is key and sometimes just making sure you are on top of your privacy settings is enough to keep your professional persona safe. Maybe you don’t use social media, or you are a social spectator, not posting anything yourself.  This is certainly the safest option. However, you may want to make sure you are demonstrating the character and skills you want to put across for your job search, in the digital world especially, you might find no online presence would be detrimental to your job search.  Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

Time to Put it Into Practice

The truth is that there is no one size fits all answer and it depends on the type of job you are looking for, the role, the level of seniority and ultimately your preference and interest in managing your information in the ways above. Start by googling yourself and go from there! For the latest in digital jobs and tips for improving your chances of success, make sure you check out Dot Gap jobs and blog pages.  

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All job interviews can help you to grow. Even if you didn’t get the job, you can still turn the experience into a valuable lesson. You just need to listen to the feedback you get from the employer or recruitment agency about your performance and skills. Here are five ways you can learn from every job interview going forward.  

1. How To Learn From Job Interview Feedback: Don’t Be Nervous To Ask For Feedback

Job interviews can be a little stressful, but try not to be too nervous to ask for feedback. This is because some job interviewers are very busy, so they may not think to give you any feedback at the end of the interview. Simply ask politely if they would like to give you any feedback about the interview, and if they say yes listen carefully. Don’t be defensive; instead, try to take the feedback on board, even if you don’t totally agree with it!  

2. Speak To Your Recruitment Agency

Are you working with a recruitment agency (such as ours) to increase the number of job interviews you are being offered? If so, speak to your agency to find out if they can give you any feedback for future interviews. This could be general interview advice, or they could have specific skills based advice for you. For instance, they may suggest that you rearrange your CV to prioritise certain skills.  

3. Understand That Feedback Can Be Constructive

Some people dislike receiving feedback as they feel like they are being criticised, but in reality feedback is an important tool that can help you to grow. After all, there is a reason the phrase ‘constructive criticism’ exists! If you struggle to receive feedback, remind yourself that there is no reason to take it personally. The other person is taking time out of their day to give you advice and tips, and if you take the advice you are more likely to ace an interview in the future. So try to listen, even if you do feel a little miffed.  

4. Give Yourself Feedback

You don’t have to exclusively rely on recruiters and interviewers to give you feedback; you can also give yourself feedback. Spend some time reflecting after a job interview. Ask yourself which questions you answered well and which questions could have been answered better, and think about what you would do differently next time.  

5. Write Down Areas To Work On

Finally it can be useful to write down certain areas that you want to work on. Maybe there is a short course that you could do to improve a certain skill, or maybe you would like to work on your confidence. Spending time addressing your weaker areas is a great way to improve your overall performance, so you are more likely to land your dream job interview in the future. Good luck!

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You are motivated and ambitious, and you are ready to move up the career ladder. You apply for new jobs every single week, and you feel mentally prepared for a job interview – the only thing is, you haven’t heard back from any employers. Can you relate to this? If so, you’re not alone. Most available jobs receive lots of interviews, so if your job application isn’t top-notch it may be dismissed. Here are three tips to help you make sure your job application stands out.  

1. How To Make Your Job Application Stand Out: Tailor Every Single Application

Do you send the same application to every vacancy that you find? If you are doing this, it is likely you are missing out on lots of great opportunities because your job application doesn’t stand out. You might think that sending out the same job application to every role helps to save you time. In reality, if it isn’t well-suited to any of the roles, you are wasting your time sending it out! So take some time to tailor your CV to each role. If the job description lists certain skills and experience, move those skills and experience to the top of your CV so they are immediately noticeable. Remove sections that are outdated or unnecessary. For instance, a 4 week yoga qualification isn’t needed for a digital marketing role! Then include a tailored cover letter explaining why you think you are a good fit for the role. This will significantly increase your chances of landing a job interview.  

2. Check For Errors

Before you submit your CV go through it and check for any errors or misspellings. This may seem obvious, but many people don’t do it – and recruiters are clear that poor spelling is a big problem. When you think your application is ready, walk away from it for an hour or so and focus on something else. When you return you will be able to look at your CV with fresh eyes. This means that you are more likely to spot spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. You could also use a free online spell checker (although we do suggest also looking through your application, as bots don’t always pick up on every error). Do you have a job interview coming up? Here are some tips to help you prepare for your interview.  

3. Follow Up

Finally it is important to follow up once you have sent a job application. Wait a reasonable length of time (perhaps a week or so), and then send an email to let them know you are thankful for the interview opportunity. Make sure that the email is professional and well written. This is a great way to make your application stand out, especially if lots of people are applying for the same role.

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Do you have a job interview on the horizon? If so, you may be feeling a little nervous. After all, job interviews can be stressful, especially if it is for your dream job. Thankfully it is entirely possible to ace your job interview; you just need to be prepared. So if you’re thinking about finding a new job, we are here to help. Here are some common questions interviewers like to ask.  

1. Questions Interviewers Like To Ask: “So, tell me a little about yourself.”

This is normally the first question most job interviewers ask. Some people struggle to answer the question as it is quite vague and general, but the best thing you can do is talk about why you are a great candidate for the role. Talk about previous experience that is relevant to the job, and discuss any personality traits that also suit the job (for instance, if it is a salesperson role you may want to mention that you are quite confident and chatty). Don’t overshare, and don’t feel like you need to provide too much detail about your personal life; remember you are only here to show the interviewer why they should hire you.  

2. “Why do you want this role?”

This question is another chance for you to mention your relevant skills, but it is also a good opportunity to talk about the company itself. Maybe their ethics and values align with yours, or maybe you are particularly passionate about working in the area the company is based.  

3. “What are your salary expectations?”

This question can feel uncomfortable, but it is important to be honest. Don’t under or oversell yourself; do some research about the role before your meeting, and come up with a realistic, fair number.  

4. “What are your strengths?”

Most employers ask this question to work out if you are actually qualified for the position. This is a chance for you to talk more about your qualifications and previous experience – but make sure to ‘show’ this, rather than just telling it. For instance, don’t just say that you have good leadership skills; instead, give an example of when you displayed leadership skills.

5. “What are your weaknesses?”

This question can seem like a bit of a trap, but it is just so the job interviewer can get a proper idea of who you are. Try to frame any of your weaknesses in a positive way; maybe you could mention skills that you are currently trying to improve.

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Job interviews can be pretty stressful, especially if it has been a while since you’ve had an interview. You might be worried about saying the wrong thing, or maybe you’re worried you don’t have the necessary qualifications for the role. Either way, you’re not alone; a recent study found that over 90% of people feel nervous before a job interview. Thankfully it is possible to ace the interview and get the job; you just need to have the right mindset. Here are four tips to help you reduce your stress levels before a job interview.  

1. How To Reduce Your Stress Levels Before A Job Interview: Have A Rehearsal

One of the best ways to reduce stress before an interview is by having a practice interview. This is because research has found that practising success tends to increase feelings of self-confidence. So try practicing answers to common job interview questions (such as “what are your strengths?”) in front of the mirror before your interview. Go over each question a few times until you feel totally happy with your answer. It can also be useful to wear the outfit you are going to wear to the job interview when you are rehearsing. This will make the upcoming event feel less daunting (and it also means you might spot any potential outfit issues, such as ink on the shirt!).  

2. Reframe The Event In Your Mind

Try to reframe how you see the event in your mind. Instead of seeing it as an all-important occasion that could make or break you, see it as an exciting opportunity to advance your career. If you get the job, that’s great – but it isn’t a problem if you don’t. There will be other opportunities in the future, even if you don’t know about them yet.  

3. Reduce Stress With Music Or Relaxation Apps

On the day of the interview you can reduce your stress levels by listening to music or using a relaxation app (such as Calm). This will help to soothe your nerves and boost your mood, so you will be in the best possible mindset for the interview.  

4. Have A Pep Talk

Finally have a pep talk with yourself right before the meeting. Self-affirmation is a great way to boost self-confidence, and it doesn’t take long; just a few minutes of focusing on your skills and strengths should improve your mindset. So take a few minutes for yourself, and spend the time reminding yourself that you are worthy of this job. You are talented, you are skilled, and you are going to do a great job!

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Up until very recently most interviews were conducted face-to-face, but the recent pandemic has changed that. Now most interviews are held over video chat, using apps such as Zoom or Skype. This is ideal for remote workers… but a video call can feel very difficult to a standard, in-person interview! Here are nine tips to help you prepare for a Zoom interview.  

1. How To Prepare For A Zoom Interview: Don’t Use Your Mobile

Zoom does have a mobile feature, but a desktop device (such as a mobile or a laptop) is a better option for a job interview. This is because a desktop device will be stationary, so the camera won’t seem shaky or blurry during the interview. This will give the interviewer a clearer view of you, and it also means you will seem more prepared and professional.  

2. Update Your Laptop Beforehand

It can also be useful to check your laptop for updates beforehand. After all, a random update pop-up during the interview will be an unnecessary distraction – and you could end up restarting your laptop if you accidentally click it, cutting the interview short for no reason! So do any essential updates before the Zoom interview, and restart your laptop beforehand so everything is running smoothly.  

3. Find A Professional Background

Find a professional space in your house that is tidy and clutter-free, such as the study or the kitchen. A professional set-up will make it seem like you are more serious about the job (and it also means you won’t seem messy or informal). Do you have a phone interview instead of a Zoom interview? No problem; click here to discover how to have a great phone interview.  

4. Make Sure The Room Is Brightly Lit

It is also important to ensure that the set is well lit so that the interviewer can actually see your facial expressions and body language. We suggest choosing a naturally bright room in your house, and then positioning your laptop in front of a window so you are sat in natural light.  

5. Make Sure The Space Is Quiet

Next make sure that the space is quiet so that you and the interviewer can easily hear each other. Shut the window if you are near a main road, and shut the door if you live with housemates or animals.  

6. Speak To Your Family/Roommates Beforehand

If you live with other people you should also tell them about the interview beforehand. This means that they won’t interrupt your interview by knocking on the door or walking in, and it also means they are more likely to be considerate and quiet if they are home while the interview is happening.  

7. Switch Off Notifications

Put your phone on aeroplane mode and switch off notifications on your laptop before the interview to reduce distractions.  

8. Clear Your Screen

You may also want to clear your laptop screen (close random tabs and files) before starting the interview. This is because the interviewer may ask you to share your screen with them (for instance, they may want to see your portfolio or CV), and this ensures your background is professional, rather than personal.  

9. Practice First

Finally you may want to practice using the Zoom app if you haven’t used it before. Download it, open it and log in. Test out the software by using your camera and microphone, and make sure everything is working properly before the interviewer calls.

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Most people find job interviews nerve-wracking. You have to sell yourself, answer questions about your career and ensure you stand out from the crowd – and at the end, it is likely you will be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. Saying that you don’t have any questions can be an instant no hire for some interviewers; after all, it can make you seem disinterested in the role, or as though you are trying to rush through the interview. So if you really want to impress during an interview, you should prepare a few questions in advance. And don’t worry if you can’t think of anything; we’re here to help. Here are seven example questions you can ask at the end of a job interview.  

1. Questions To Ask At The End Of A Job Interview: “What do you like most about working for this company?”

If the interviewer is struggling to answer this question, it could mean that the company isn’t great to work for. Thankfully most interviewers will have an answer, and this will teach you more about the company and day-to-day life there. This also gives the interviewer the chance to talk more about themselves and their role, which will help you to bond.  

2. “What do the great team members do differently to the standard team members?”

This question will help you to stand out from other employees if you do get the job – and it also shows the interviewer that you don’t intend to be a mediocre employee, which will increase you chances of a second interview.  

3. “What makes this company different to its competitors?”

This shows the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the company and their goals, and it also gives the interviewer the chance to teach you more about the company. This can be very useful if you get a second interview with a more senior team member.  

4. “How would you describe the management style here?”

Every company has different values and goals, and this can affect the management style within the company. Asking this question will teach you more about different management styles, and it will also let you know if the company is a good fit for your personality. Interested in working with us? Find out what our previous clients have to say.  

5. “What is the training program like for this role?”

Most jobs come with some level of training; this could take a few hours, or it could take weeks to complete. Asking this question will let you know more about the introductory aspect of the role, which will make it easier for to prepare if you do get the role.  

6. “Could you show me around the offices before I leave?”

If the interview takes place in the office you will be working in, this could be a good question to ask. It will give you the chance to see what the atmosphere in the office is like, and you may even get to meet a few potential co-workers. This will help you to work out if the job is a good fit for you. Click here to start your career in sales.  

7. “What goals does the company have for the next year?”

This is a good question as it allows you to understand what the business needs the most. Maybe it is a specific skill, such as digital marketing, or maybe it is simply to streamline the business. Either way, knowing this will make it easier for you to truly help the business if you do get the job.

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