Whether you are entering the job market for the first time or looking to change your current position, here are four quick but basic tips that will help you when you go for any job interview.
One of the best and probably the most important tips in job interview preparation is RESEARCH. You will need to investigate not only the role you’re applying for but also the company or organisation itself. Remember that most companies now have great websites that can provide you with information that will impress your job interviewer. A little extra knowledge can go a long way when you are not the only applicant for a job.
It goes without saying of course, that the other part of research is the exploration you do on yourself. Understanding your own strengths, abilities and aspirations is key for a confident application. You need to be well prepared to answer questions about how you will apply and transfer your existing skills, knowledge and experience into the role you are applying for.
The more you know about what could be asked, and what will be expected in the position you are applying for, the more at ease you will be during the job interview. If you know someone who does the same type of work, pick his or her brain to learn what to expect.
2. Dress For Success
You only have a few seconds to make a good impression, and one of the best ways is to dress well and appropriately. It is a fact that “Clothes Maketh the Man (or Woman)”. So, if it is corporate job you’ve applied for, you need to dress as if you are already in the position.
If it means being booted and suited for the occasion, then so be it. If you are going to a corporate job interview casual clothes will probably not be appropriate. If you can afford it, buy a new outfit, get your hair done or styled. This can also be a big confidence builder, which helps you project a positive attitude to the job interviewer.
If the job interview is at a more casual level, just be sure to present a clean, put-together appearance. Many times the main thing a job interviewer remembers most is how you looked.
If you do not have the funds to buy an outfit, many times a friend or relative can supply what you need to feel more comfortable at your job interview.
3. Practice Sessions
Holding practice sessions before an important job interview can be a real confidence booster. If you don’t have anyone to help you, try practicing in front of a mirror. Most people do not realise how their mannerisms may impact other people’s impressions. If you have a close friend or family member that can be objective then enlist their help. You have to be open to any ideas they may have, if given in a constructive way.
Having extra copies of your CV available when attending a job interview can be a wise decision. Don’t assume that the interviewer has a copy just because you sent one.
Have a pencil or pen to take notes that may help you add topics to your resume. If you learn from the questions that are asked, but not answered in your CV, it will be beneficial in your future job interviews.
Sometimes the simple steps are overlooked when preparing for a job interview. Do you have a pen? Do you know the location well enough to arrive on time?
Practice makes perfect, contact Lynn for some support and advice.
Career Management Consultant
M. 07801 689801