TOP 5 TIPS FOR A JOB INTERVIEW
Being on time for an interview is crucial, there really is no excuse for being late. As soon as your interview is confirmed, the first thing we recommend that you do is research the location and decide on transport.
How long does it take to get there? Make sure you leave ample time to get there, regardless of any delays or traffic. You should aim to arrive at the interview location at least 15 minutes early.
This 15 minutes will allow you time to get parked, find where you are meant to be and also settle yourself. You might have to fill out some forms so this time will allow you to do this at ease. There is also room for some last-minute prep so bring your CV with you and look over it before you head in.
When you arrive, it is important to let someone know that you are there. The reception will be able to let the hiring manager know that you have arrived. This will bring to their attention your punctuality and start the interview process on a positive note.
Have questions prepared
Yes, an interview is all about answering questions but don’t forget that the hiring manager may also ask you at the end if you have any questions for them. Preparing questions to ask is extremely important as it shows that you have taken an interest in the organisation.
Carefully consider what question will impress the hiring manager and take great interest when they are responding to your query.
Bring a copy of your CV
When attending a job interview, it is recommended that you bring along a copy, or even better, a few copies of your CV. Now, it is important that you do not arrive with lots of pages under your arm, this could look really unprofessional.
It is important to store these documents in a folder, ensuring it is protected and also does not hinder your presentation on the day.
It is also not uncommon for the hiring manager to ask you for a copy of your CV. It would be very embarrassing if you had to say that you could not do this, so always come prepared!
Dress for success
When it comes to organising your outfits for an interview, the best advice I can give you is to prepare ahead the night before. There is no better feeling than waking up to your alarm, knowing that you just have to dress yourself, no thinking required. This means that all of your time and effort can be dedicated to last minute preparation.
Do your research
The obvious one… do your research! The hiring manager is going to know straight away if you have prepared for the interview or not. One dead giveaway of this is asking about their company.
If you can confidently talk about them, great! If you can’t, not a good look.
Preparing for an interview involves your own personal groundwork but equally, you should delve into the world of the company, through their website, social channels and even LinkedIn.