When you have been invited to attend an interview, you will need to ensure that you are prepared. Generally, you will be one of many applicants applying for a job, so preparation is key and bear in mind, that this is your opportunity to sell yourself.
You will want to make a great FIRST and LAST impression!
- Dress appropriately for an interview – wear professional attire and ensure your clothes are not too revealing, too tight or too baggy. Ensure you are clean and avoid wearing too much perfume or aftershave lotion.
- Arrive on time – aim for 10 minutes before the scheduled time but don’t arrive too early as you might seem over-eager plus the interviewer may feel rushed. Whatever you do, DO NOT BE LATE! Leaving THAT first impression will make you seem unreliable.
How to arrive on time:
- Google (and print out if possible) the directions to the interview
- Prepare what you are going to wear the day before
- Start getting ready with enough time available should something go wrong
- Allow enough time to get there and anticipate traffic
- Know the contents of your CV – when the interviewer asks any questions related to your CV, make sure you know all the details of your CV.
- Research the company and the position you are applying for – during the interview, you will have an opportunity to ask questions, so ensure that you ask relevant questions about the position and company. This will show that you put in effort to prepare for your interview.
- Be Yourself – Don’t get caught up in trying to impress that you forget to show your true self. You cannot pretend to be someone else for too long, so just make it easy on yourself and be yourself!
- Keep the interviewer interested – people enjoy being in the company of others who make them feel energized, so don’t be negative and dull about everything, instead be positive and interesting.
- Be humble and confident – you need to be confident and secure about your abilities but do not come across as arrogant, as nobody appreciates an arrogant person. You need to be confident but humble at the same time.
- Listen carefully – when the interviewer is asking you a question, listen carefully to the question, pause and think of your answer, then answer confidently. Don’t let them have to repeat the question.
- Body Language – face the person who is talking to you (body language needs to be engaging), sit up straight and make good eye contact with whoever is speaking to you. SMILE as often as you can and shake the persons hand when you leave the room.