If you’ve been offered a job interview, congratulations, you’re half way there! Now you just need to impress your potential employers and show them that you’re the best person for the job.
The best thing that you can do is prepare. Read everything you possibly can about the company, the role and the people who will be interviewing you (if possible) – find out their job titles and look them up on LinkedIn. Get a feel for the organisation, their ethos and ways of working.
Spend a bit of time going through the job requirements and think of ways that you can show that you can tick off every point. Have demonstrable experience to refer to: how can you show you’ve worked as part of a team, multitasked and showed initiative? Also have a think about the questions they might ask you.
and how you’ll answer them.
When you go to a job interview, your clothes need to help you make a really good first impression. Typically, you should wear an outfit that will help you to fit in with the business culture, but you don’t want to dress too casually. The most professional option is to wear office clothing to an interview. For a very conventional office, a white blouse teamed with a black skirt or tailored trousers is a good bet! This website specialises in office wear suitable for a range of job interviews, to help you look smart but stylish.
The interview itself
Before the interview day, do a trial run if possible so you know exactly where you’re going and how long it takes to get there (bearing in mind extra traffic if you need to travel at rush hour or in a busy area). On the day, get there about 15 minutes early so that you can go to the toilet, check how you look and sit down with a glass of water. Take any notes you’ve made with you and use this time to review your notes, the job description and to calm your nerves.
When you enter the interview room, introduce yourself to the interviewers in a friendly manner. Take your time answering the questions and don’t worry about repeating any information from your CV or application, chances are they’ll need reminding anyway so they don’t mix you up with other candidates. Have a few questions prepared to ask them, and make notes if need be. At the end of the interview, ask when they’ll make their decision and thank them for their time.
The more you plan and prepare, the more confident you’ll feel and the better you’ll come across. Good luck!