So you’ve found the job you’re looking for – you’ve applied, brushed off your CV and are ready to go.. but what now? How can you ace that interview?…
1. TIMING & ATTIRE
Two simple elements that can sometimes be overlooked; firstly, dress to impress. Even if a dress code is considered ‘casual’ or even ‘smart-casual’ then always overdress. There is no harm in smartening up for a job interview – a blazer is never too much. Remember that it’s important to stand out – even in the way you dress, so a flash of colour on a tie or necklace will distinguish you from other candidates.
Another point; ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your allotted time. Always ensure that you leave plenty of time incase of travelling problems and when you get there bring a book or notepad with you. It will relax you!
Positive. Mental. Attitude. As I’ve explained before – this is key. Go into an interview feeling good and feeling confident; believe that you are the best candidate for this job and remember this is your one shot. Treat it as this and push the positivity and confidence.
3. SPEAK UP
Make sure you get your point across – especially in a group interview where voices can easily get lost. You want them to see that you’re a confident person that is good for their business. Ensure you speak up just enough to stand out but not too much that you look overpowering. Find the balance between patience and communication.
4. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Research into the company and their interview procedures. Showing that you have a knowledge of the business and have taken the initiative to find out more shows passion and gives you something to break the ice at the beginning of the interview. Having a search on thestudentroom website can give lots of insight into how the business handle job interviews and what sort of questions they may ask. They also have lots of advice and tips. Make sure you practice with a friend so that you feel prepared.
Hopefully this series has helped you consider about jobs to apply for and given you the confidence you need when going for a job interview. I wish you the best of luck in your job hunts! 🙂