For many people attending an interview is a stressful event but don’t panic – it doesn’t have to be! With Cassidy’s interview tips below, you’ll be confident and ready to take on any challenge soon enough!
Preparation Is Key
Don’t get stage fright when face to face with your interviewer; remember to take a little time beforehand to practice marketing yourself. Take stock of what you’re good at, your achievements, write them down and be ready to recall them at interview. Try creating mock questions along the lines of ones you may be asked and practice with a friend.
Visit their website and search LinkedIn, this will allow you to demonstrate you know more about them than just the position offered – you’re genuinely interested.
Dress To Impress
Regardless of your personal preferences, at interview you should dress conservatively, clean and tidy and appropriate for the environment the role will be set in. You only get one chance at a first impression is so very true, so you’ll want to impress in one of the easiest ways possible – what you wear.
Punctuality is a key characteristic employers will be looking for in a candidate, so try to arrive 15 minutes before the interview starts and remember to relax.
Smile, Be Happy
The second you enter to the time you exit your interview, it is crucial that you are friendly and make an effort to smile greeting everyone you come into contact with. The first five minutes often provides future employer all they need to make a decision, remember to use that to your advantage. Remember to be confident and humble.
Have A Conversation
Show your interest and personality, demonstrate your and knowledge of a place where you would like to work. Ask questions to display your intelligence, any unique skills and confidence. Here are some questions you could ask:
- How big is the team I’ll be working with daily?
- If successful are there opportunities for advancing my career?
- Do you invest in your staff with professional development course?
- What plans for development do you have?
- What would you consider to be a success for this role?
Outline your skills explaining how they positively affect your ability to take on the role you’re applying for. You know you’re perfect for the role.
End Of The Interview
Your enthusiasm throughout, signals that you are interested, however it is always good to inform your interviewer again at the end. Don’t come across as needy; just try to show you are interested in the position.
Send a simple 2-paragraph ’thank you’ email to your interviewer, thanking them for their time. This is not only a kind gesture but also serves to express a desire for the role, and keeps you fresh in their minds.