You've done your preparation, complied a good CV and sent out job applications...........it pays off – you are offered an interview! Being prepared and taking time to plan and research the company will really improve your chances of making a good impression, it will make you feel more confident and increase your chances of success. So put yourself in the best position to succeed.
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression". Never is this more true than during the first few moments of a job interview. In fact, what you say and do during the first ten seconds of an interview may determine whether or not you get an offer.
At times we are all prone to judge a book by its cover, so make your cover as attractive as possible. The following suggestions may help.
Dress appropriately and ensure your clothes are freshly laundered and clean
Be sure your shoes are polished and free from scuffmarks
Fingernails should be clean and neatly filed (if you wear nail polish no chips!)
Wear a watch (or how will you know if you're on time?)
Keep the show of jewellery to a minimum
If you or someone in your home smokes, ensure that your clothing is free of the smell
Wear something that you have worn before (this is not the day to discover sleeves are too long or trousers too tight!)
Avoid wearing too much perfume (this is not a date & you don't want to overpower!)
Don't forget to wear a SMILE!
ARRIVE ON TIME – This cannot be overstated! If possible, do a dummy run beforehand.
· Treat everyone you meet with respect
· Be prepared to shake hands
Listen closely as the interviewer introduces themselves
· Maintain eye contact with the interviewer (if you don't it may indicate a lack of confidence)
· Responses - Answer each question simply and directly. If you do not understand the question, or the motivation behind the question, ask for clarification.
· Appear enthusiastic - Sound genuinely interested in the interviewer and the company. Keep your answers employer-focused.
Turn off your Mobile phone (the company deserve your undivided attention!)
Before the interview, it is a good idea to have several questions prepared to take in with you. A lack of questions from you may appear as lack of interest on your part so our Top Tips for May will cover questions to ask the interviewer & strategies for answering all those asked by the interviewer.
The First Choice Team