Interview Clues

I am not an expert at interviews and to be honest if you are, you definitely have been to a lot in your life so far or you are just perfect. But since I have been to a few this last month I wanted to give my advice on how I dealt with my interviews and my top ten steps to getting some clues on the topic of interviews.


1. Research the Company
This is the first step that always comes up when I was searching for advice on how to deal with interviews. You need to go and research the company and just get some information from their website and look at the list of achievements they have accomplished as well as the future plans they have. This is not only beneficial for the person that will interview you in terms of finding out if you did some preparation before the interview but also a benefit for you. By researching the company’s policies and values, you are able to show the interviewer that you want to be part of their organisation as well as a deciding factor on whether their values will also meet your own.

2. Look at the job description
I know it could be boring to keep looking back at the job description especially since you probably spent a good long two days staring at it when completing your written application but I’m sure that looking at it some more will prepare you for the verbal interview. I spent a long time looking at it and breaking it down to the different sections they might test me on. I then proceeded to create an answer to each of the things they are looking for (including an example). This will prepare you with some answers to say during the interview, which I found really useful as I often become flustered and draw a blank. But having some answers ready to talk about it will help you create somewhat fluent sentences.

3. Look up possible interview questions
I found that looking up all the interview questions both general and specific will help you with creating effective answers ready for the interview. I spent a lot of time searching for all the possible questions they could ask me and writing answers for each of them. No one likes being interviewed and not knowing what to say is something I worried about especially after my first interview. I kept pausing and hesitating and biting the side of my mouth because I felt my answers weren’t strong enough (and tbh I just made it up on the spot), so having an answer ready to any interview question is a massive plus and will prevent any further stress to your interview day.

4.Pick a good outfit to wear
Nothing says I am ready than a polished outfit. Go and pick out a good outfit to wear that is well presentable and neat. You have just been invited for an interview and been researching so many questions and staring at your computer screen for two days straight. You need a break and what can be better than treating yourself to a shopping trip to buy some formal trousers or a nice blazer or even if you are really bad at timing and very last minute, go raid your closet and pick out all the pieces of clothing that are appropriate for an interview. If you feel good, then chances are you will feel ready (and a little gangster-may-care) for your interview.

5. Print out and folder ALL documents
I know printing can be difficult and time-consuming but hey making an extra effort to print out all the required documents to an interview which you could end up having is definitely worth it. Make sure you print out your CV, find your National Insurance paper, dig out your passport, birth certificate and even print out your application. Even if you think you might not need it, it might still help you in terms of revising over things you have previously said and showing your future employer that you can the right candidate they should be hiring. (plus it will make you look professional and organised if you carry a folder in lol). 

6. Plan your route
You need to plan your route and find out how you will get there at least a couple of days before your interview. Since I am not driving yet, I had to use the bus, so I needed to make sure that I withdrew money for bus fare and found out the right time to leave the house to get the right bus. If you are going to take a car, make sure you know if parking is available where you are going as well as any delays happening on the roads. This also goes for if you need to still walk further to arrive in the right room or department. The important thing is not to be late cause if you are late then it will make the interviewer question your punctuality.

7.More Research. 
Keep researching about the company and things they have done in the past and something you can relate to. Think of more examples that you can bring up when they ask you questions (this is really important if you haven’t had much experience like me). Look at reviews on the company and search on the internet for forums where people were interviewed for a similar position to yours. Look up more advice that other people have to calm your nerves or make you stand out (there are dozens on the internet that can help you, so just keep researching). This will also help when your mind goes blank to insert things you have learnt just to buy time to think of an answer. 

8. Get advice on the right interview etiquette
If you have to ask your family, your parents, grandparents, aunts, older siblings or join a forum, you need to know the proper etiquette and mannerisms interviewers are looking for. These are things such as making eye contact, staying polite and respectful throughout, displaying a sense of humour without laughing or trying to joke with the interviewer. To be honest, this step is just common sense but is still an important one to keep in mind and remember that how you behave with your family or friends is not the same way you should treat a random stranger that is interviewing you and will potentially give you a job.

9. Prepare everything the night before
This is a must if you know you are a last minute person and time-management isn’t your best skill. Go and prepare everything you need for the following day so to avoid making yourself panic more than you need to. Get all your documents printed and placed in a folder and even inside your bag. Put your keys, wallet and other essentials inside the bag as well. Iron and place your outfit on the closet handle ready for the following day. Make sure you brush through your hair, cut your nails and also shave any hair which they might notice (especially if you are a girl and will be wearing a dress, shave your armpits and legs and maybe your arms – if it is really hairy). 

10. Get a good night sleep
Finally, sleep. You need a great sleep ready for tomorrow. By getting a great sleep you will feel refreshed and will be as ready as you could ever be to go ace that interview. Just keep breathing and don’t panic. When you get there, go straight to the bathroom if you have time, so you can fix yourself and look proud in that mirror. Then go find the room (make sure you arrive at least 10 minutes before the time allotted) and knock on that door of opportunity. You can do this!


If you have any more advice for interviews or past experiences you would like to share, leave a comment in the section below.

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One Month of Job Hunting

I can’t believe it has already been over a month since I submitted my dissertation, the month of May has ended and it is now June. That means I have been basically hunting for jobs for a month now. May has definitely been hectic and filled with stress and my right forefinger glued to the scroll down button as I skimmed passed hundreds and thousands of jobs on every single job websites you can think of. I feel like day after day my head would explode and sleep always won at the end as soon as my head hit the pillow. I wish I could say this journey had been fun so far but that would be lying.

At the start of the month, I was ready to jump into looking for work cause why waste time when there are plenty of opportunities available out there, right? I was so ready to go look for some work that will help me get ahead of everyone and gain some experience in an area where I hope to keep climbing. I wanted a job related to my degree, Media Studies, where I can feel that going to university and having £27,000 debt on my shoulders would pay off (and be paid off quickly). I was ready to go conquer the Media world like those beautiful people you see in the movies where they are so hyped about the next step of looking for work and they just get it like destiny made it that way. Unfortunately, sometimes reality isn’t like what you see in the movies and the world doesn’t want to co-operate with how you see your life playing out. There wasn’t much media related job in Cambridge and those that are available require previous experience (which I don’t have)and right now going off to London or some other place would be pointless since I don’t graduate until October. So what do you do when no jobs are available that suits your preferences? You go to the next related thing that will help you gain experience, Apprenticeships.

I applied for an apprenticeship before and I didn’t get that. So, I was not too sure if applying for more is a good idea. But it was worth a shot and it WILL help me gain training and make connections with more people in the industry so its a start. I applied for a lot of media-related apprentices in areas such as digital marketing and social media. I just wanted to find something to do which will help me gain money and just some experience in a workplace. I applied for five apprenticeships in total (so far) and received one phone call. I was so nervous getting a phone call as I hate talking to people on the phone but I did gather up the courage to phone them back (I missed it and it went to voicemail cause hungry lol) and they just asked me to send them an email about the modules I did at university. The email was sent off and I never received anything back from them which made me feel kinda sad. However, I knew there are other areas I can try going into even if this did end with a dead end.

One of those areas was doing an internship around Cambridge which was fairly difficult as there isn’t much of those here either but I knew no one will take me if it having experience that they are looking for. By this point in the job searching journey, I was feeling a little down that there wasn’t much happening and it is not happening as quick as I had anticipated. I was also at the point of doubt and frustration as the only option ultimately will be an internship in London as there are dozens there. But even then and right now, I feel with how the world is going I need to hold off going further away but if it comes to graduation and I am still jobless, going to do an internship is still on the cards. In the meantime, my mum has suggested I go down a different path and see how I do in another career which is childcare as my work experience was a Playgroup Assistant. Many people have told me that I do so good with children so I thought I’d try it and maybe this is the path I was destined to discover. So, I have put aside all the media stuff for now and I applied for non-qualified nursery jobs and other childcare jobs such as playworker around my local area and Cambridge. I did apply for other various jobs such as a data entry clerk and an office assistant but I was rejected. But despite the rejection, at the end of May, I have been in communication with an agency which supplies teaching assistant and nursery assistant roles in various schools around Cambridge and my application and details are currently under clearance. I also had an interview for a playworker role in a primary school in Cambridge and another playworker role application form was filled out for another school in my local area. Everything is in the balance right now and I will update you guys with more information if I am successful or not. (either way, I am getting practice in doing interviews, making and answering phone calls and completing application forms so it is still benefitting me).

A month of job hunting has just finished and with the summer just around the corner, more days of job hunting is still to come. It is a long journey but hopefully a worthwhile one and it is all part of the adventures I will need to discover as part of life. Wish me luck guys and let’s see where this adventure will take me.

Welcome to Essay and Exam Season

Hey folks! It is that time again where I will have to get up early and never sleep. That’s right we are now in essays and exams season! I still have three essays to write for May and a dissertation due on the end of April so I’m kinda panicking since the essays are still non-existent. But I have just finished going through the first draft of my dissertation (except the conclusion cause I got lazy but I will definitely get it done this week) but these essays are kinda long and I am very exhausted from other things as well. In addition to my essays, one of my sisters is also gonna do her exams this May and June, which she demanded I help her with her revisions (geez bossy) so the next couple of months will be very hectic and stressful. Hopefully I can do it and resume other things I need to prioritize next such as more job hunting. 

Last Essay Season!