Things to Remember for the Big Job Interview

So you have done your application and been called for an interview.

No one likes the stress of going for an interview but just remember, the person questioning you wants you to do well, they are looking for the best candidate for that job and you might just be it.

So, here are a few tips going into the all important interview.

  • Research the company – you will no doubt be expected to know about the company you are interviewing with; their ethos, what they do and how they work.
  • Dress appropriately – this does not always necessarily mean a 3 piece suit but ensure you look smart. Tuck your shirt in, polish your shoes, ensure sure you look clean and tidy.
  • Be on time – you don’t have to be too early (this might make it look like you have too much time on your hands) but if you arrive around 10 minutes before the interview starts it will stand you on good stead.
  • Make it clear you care – don’t slouch, look at your phone, ask how long it will take or avoid eye contact. Start with a good firm handshake, sit upright and be engaging.
  • Have answers about yourself prepared – you will almost certainly be asked about yourself and your ability to do that job. Don’t just have your qualities in your head, have examples to back them up. If you can’t think of any ask friends, colleagues, family – they will be able to tell you what you do well.
  • Don’t talk too much – when people get nervous they start rambling; we’ve all done it. Make sure your answers have enough detail to prove you are right for the job without talking for an exceedingly long time.
  • Take a break – if you are asked a difficult question, take a drink of water to buy yourself an extra 10 seconds to work out the answer in your head. Don’t worry about taking a deep breath and thinking before you start answering – it beats rambling.
  • Do not criticise previous employers – your interviewer will think you would do this to them in the future which in turn can make you seem unprofessional and untrustworthy.
  • Have one or two questions prepared for the end of the interview – ask questions about the company or about the role (not about holidays or salary) – this shows you are prepared, motivated and enthusiastic about the role.
  • Remember, this job can be yours! – Don’t assume there will be other people better than you, you have been called for interview for a reason so take your time, be aware of your good qualities, try and relax and you’ll show them what you’re made of.

No one likes the stress of going for an interview but just remember, the person questioning you wants you to do well

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