When attending an interview, first impressions really count! In this short period of time you are expected to demonstrate a snapshot of who you are, what you are capable of and why the employer should choose you over anyone else - you are under enough pressure without a mile long list of things to remember!
First-things-first then. Below are our top 5 essentials when preparing and attending an interview:
1. Dress to impress
You know that feeling when you put on that crisp shirt, sharp suit and those new shoes - feel like a million dollars? We know we do. Doesn't it make sense to carry this feeling into your interview? We understand that there are interviews where the corporate environment might dictate a more relaxed approach to clothing but only take this as true when you have specifically been told this is the case. In all other situations make sure you are looking, well - fantastic!
2. Arrive on time
We cannot think of a bigger faux pas than arriving late! It will instantly put you on the back foot and gives the impression of sloppy timekeeping. We all understand that if there is a major accident this cannot be avoided but give yourself every advantage by factoring in any potential delays. Our tip is to build in at least 30 minutes redundancy - if you arrive early, so what! It will give you this time to review your notes and walk into the interview calm and mentally prepared (instead of crashing in at the last minute, flustered). Kudos to you!
3. Be Prepared
Let us let you into a little secret. The individual who will secure this role will not only be the person with the most relevant skill set - it will also be the applicant who spent that extra effort researching the company and role. You see, the prepared applicant will be able to answer specific questions about the company and its products/services and ask questions that are directly relevant to the role and job specification. This demonstrates to the interviewer keenness and understanding of what the business requires in your own skill set. For this reason it is vital to:
4. Body language
Always remember to relax and make eye contact in an interview. There is nothing guaranteed to spoil your chances faster than not being able to look an employer straight in the eye. Remember, you are there because they are interested in you - forget the nerves and be yourself.
5. Ask Questions!
Prepare a list of questions relating to the company, job itself, career prospects, training, how long the company has been established, whether the company has any competitors - the more original the better! Try not to focus on monetary questions at this stage, better focus on the positives of the role in general. It is worth taking a pen and paper to make notes.
What to expect? - Our other top tips...
Remember; ENTHUSIASM CAN BE THE DECIDING FACTOR so remain positive and leave on a good note – thank them for their time and let them know how interested and suited you are for the position!