We’re sleeping on the job before we’ve even got it, according to the latest research* from Monster.co.uk. The survey of UK jobseekers has found that 40 per cent of respondents get bored during job interviews.
With more than one in ten (14 per cent) admitting to always being bored when interviewing for a new role, the findings suggest that many jobseekers either aren’t applying for jobs that genuinely interest them, or aren’t selling themselves effectively to potential employers.
Michael Gentle, Head of Consumer Marketing at Monster.co.uk comments: “Given the recent economic austerity and high competition for jobs, it is concerning that so many jobseekers are struggling to focus on the job at hand during the interview process. In order to find the best career, jobseekers must make the most of every opportunity – if they look disinterested during interviews then they are unlikely to impress potential employers.
“Interviews provide the perfect opportunities for candidates to stand out from the crowd; not for a yawn and a free biscuit.”
“On the other side of the coin, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the interview process is effective and sufficiently challenging for candidates. Interviewers need to genuinely engage with candidates and ask questions that will determine their suitability for the role. Remember, employers also need to sell themselves to attract the best talent.”
For jobseekers counting down the days until the next job interview, Monster.co.uk suggests some helpful tips to help leave a lasting impression.
1. Do your research
Fail to plan, plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their last year’s profits and latest product launches. Also look at the latest news and developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.
2. Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.
3. Look the part
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. Dressing one level above the job you’re applying for shows a desire to succeed.
4. Stay calm
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays, and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and they may be nervous too! See Monster’s interview advice pages for animated guidance on how to stay cool, calm and collected during an interview.
5. Ask questions
You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some which will give you more information about the job, and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company.