Let’s get the inevitable out of the way, this won’t be your typical “dress appropriately”, “look confident”, or “prepare in front of the mirror” advice. We’re not claiming those things aren’t important, but they’re not the most vital in the grand scheme of how you might perform. 

It’s easy to forget what an essential and life-altering process being interviewed by a potential employer can be. 

With things like career opportunities and your financial stability being on the line, especially in the climate of this global pandemic, it’s important to remember that being intimidated is normal, expected even. 

But how do you get past it? And more importantly, is there really a cookie-cutter, bulletproof method you can follow in order to get hired or accepted wherever you’re applying?

If you do find one, please let us know!

However, although hiring processes and application methods change depending on each company, do keep something very simple in mind:

Having a new team member for any business, internship program etc. is quite significant. 

It is very difficult to get to know someone and see the effect they might have on your team, only through generic interview questions or simple resumes. Your full story is unique, and of course difficult to grasp. So this is an important decision for the interviewer as well. 

Seeing it through this lens might put some pressure off.

But jumping onto that practical advice, let’s go through all tips together!

Be prepared and respectful of others’ time (and yours). 

Granted, you’re not inside the head of your interviewer, and might not guess their requirements with 100% accuracy. But the internet is boiling with information. Educate yourself on their work, what they do, if they have a hiring process in place, what their ethical principles include etc. 

You probably spend some daily time on social media either way, why not put those stalking skills to good use?

Linkedin Profiles, Websites, get the scoop on as much as you can. If there’s available information, try to check out Glassdoor and Trustpilot as well for others’ reviews.

Most companies try to make it very clear where they stand and what they’ve achieved in the digital space. 

And with all the preparation in place, be respectful of your interviewers’ time. Don’t show up late, which means show up 10 minutes early. Yes, it will leave a good impression and yes, they will take notice. 

It’s a very tedious process for them as well, so being the person who shows up prepared, enthusiastic and with the right energy will make a difference. 

Know what you will offer…

There’s nothing more awkward in an interview when a person has a clear lack of idea of who they are and why they’re even applying. It can quickly turn into a therapy session. 

Be prepared to talk about your identity capital and goals concisely and eloquently.

“Identity capital is our collection of personal assets—a repertoire of individual resources that we assemble over time. Some identity capital goes on a résumé … and other identity capital is more personal, such as how we speak, where we are from, how we solve problems..”

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Analyse yourself and your skillsets in an honest way, and try to be genuine during the interview as well. You don’t have to go in with 10 degrees and 8 years of experience in order to make an impression. But you do have to go in with something (or rather, a lot of things aka your identity capital).

As per the companies who set impossibly high standards in their applications, you might want to check out this, and bear in mind that that speaks more about their demanding (and questionable) culture, than any website copy ever would. 

…but also, ask what you will get. 

It takes two to tango. And, interviews are a two-way street.

Asses with yourself what it is that you’re looking to get out of this opportunity. What are your golden rules that you won’t compromise? The things you need in order to flourish in the work environment?

Growth, financial stability and a healthy culture should be up there.

When you’ve understood what you want, don’t be afraid to ask what you’ll get. There’s no such thing as “shyness” in business, especially if a direct and genuine conversation can save you future problems. In the unfortunate event that you won’t be accepted, ask why. In each stage of your career, feedback is important, and people need to be more open towards giving and receiving it.

A bonus tip: Do not just go in there and boast about your great personality. Look out for any red flags, and be careful as to what kind of environment you want to be associated with. People are constantly giving you clues about who they are, you just need to listen.

Taleas recently had its 6th edition interview process in order to form the new, free mentoring group for the  “technology and digital skills of tomorrow”. It’s a fancy way of saying, we want to train and prepare young people for the demanding and difficult industry that is tech. We’re still accepting applications, so if you’re interested, click here to learn more.