The Job Interview
Not only is the interview an opportunity for you to promote yourself to your prospective employer, it is also your chance to really consider the company and ask questions to ensure it is the best next step in your career.
It can be quite daunting, however the key to success is preparation. Do your research, research, research, research! Know the company, history and job opportunity inside out. This will also help to alleviate your nerves so that you can relax, be yourself and shine!
Preparation: Research, you can never be too prepared. The company website, annual reports, mission statements, new products
Punctuality: Arrive five minutes before your scheduled time. Do a dry run the day/evening before so you know where you are going. Research parking availability
Presentation: First impressions count, dress smart and sharp. Crisp suit and collared shirt. If you don’t have one, borrow one. Female: wear light make up, nothing too heavy. Male: cleanly shaven. If you wear a fragrance ensure it is not too overpowering. If it’s hot, make sure you take deodorant to freshen up
Communication: Always speak positively about your previous employers and employment experiences. Be enthusiastic, professional and personable. Ensure your answers are clear and succinct. If you are nervous you will naturally speak faster so be conscious to slow it down and speak clearly
Listening: Be an active listener. Ensure you remember the information you hear throughout your interview so you can answer questions asked
Body language: Shake with a firm and confident handshake and look the interviewer in the eye. When seated during the interview, place your hands in your lap and do not hold any pens/paper that will encourage you to fiddle. Sit up right with your shoulders pulled back
Role play: Practise with a friend or family member. Write down your strengths, what value you can add to a business and why they should employ you over someone else. Read it and memorise it