So, you’ve been through the application process, crossed the first few hurdles and have secured a job interview — congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare, and we’ve got you covered. Over the next few posts you’ll learn:
- How to prepare your answering technique to the interview questions
- Prepare your own questions for employers
- Make a great first impression
- What to bring to the interview
- Tips on good manners and body language
- How to win them over with your authenticity and positivity
Interviews are not something to be afraid or overly worried about, as we often remind our clients, interviews are a two way street and the interview process is as much about you interviewing the potential employer as it is them interviewing you. The main thing to remember is – just as in your CV – to be truthful and to be yourself during the interview and to take note of the posts over the next few weeks for tips and pointers to help you make the best, truthful impression and have a positive interview experience where the potential employer gets all the information they need about you and you get all the information you need from them.
Tip 4 – Think about first impressions:
Looking smart and presentable sounds like an obvious thing but getting the dress code correct for the interview isn’t always as easy as putting on your formal suite. Consider the role you are going for and the what you have learnt through researching the company, if it is an informal setting or an informal company then perhaps a smart jacket and open neck shirt or blouse is a better way to present yourself? Dress for the job you want and don’t forget the little things – shine your shoes, make sure your nails are clean and tidy, and check your clothes for holes, stains, pet hair and loose threads!
Plan your schedule so that you can arrive 10–15 minutes early. Map out your route to the interview location so you can be sure to arrive on time. Consider doing a trial run. If you’re taking public transportation, identify a backup plan if there are delays or closures. Pro-tip: When you arrive early, use the extra minutes to observe the workplace dynamics.