People are always looking for ways to refine their interview skills. Where do you start? There are hundreds of websites that will provide you with this information, but which one would you choose. Below are a few quick tips to help get you going.
RESEARCH THE COMPANY
Look for information about the company values, services, and anything else that’s important to them. Knowing what the employer values can help you to understand what they’re looking for in an employee and this can give you key insights into how best to present yourself during the interview.
MAKE SURE YOUR APPEARANCE IS RIGHT
Appearance is an important factor to consider when you’re preparing for an interview. Presenting well will put you ahead of other candidates as interviewers will be imagining you interacting with their customers, particularly in the retail, sales, and hospitality industries. Generally speaking, you should present yourself in a professional manner, be dressed in suitable attire, and ensure you are well groomed. For the vast majority of companies, a suit or other typical business attire is acceptable.
MAKING YOUR WAY TO THE INTERVIEW
Aim to arrive at the site of the interview approximately 10 minutes before the agreed time. Should you arrive earlier than this, it’s a good idea to find a seat somewhere nearby and read through your research notes for some final preparation. Arriving too early can be just as bad as arriving late and can be seen as rude or unprofessional. If traffic, public transport or any other factor outside your control will cause you to be late, you should call (if safe to do so) and let the interviewer know as soon as possible.
During the interview, you can expect the interviewer to ask you questions about yourself, both personally and professionally, and to explain the company and the role in more detail. Remember to listen carefully and absorb the information. When it’s your turn to speak, try and speak clearly and answer the question in a friendly but succinct manner. Remember that this is a two-way street – you’re here to learn about the role and whether it’s right for you and the interviewer is here to learn more about you and your suitability for the role. Asking questions (that you wrote down during your research) is a great way to show that you’re interested in the role, and in learning more about the business.
LEAVING A LASTING IMPRESSION
Once the interview has concluded, shake hands with your interviewer and thank them for their time. For example, “thanks for time today Greg, it was nice to meet you”. More often than not, a decision to employ you will not be made during the first interview, so you shouldn’t feel disheartened if you’re not offered the role immediately. There are generally other candidates to interview, so allowing a week for a response from an employer is quite normal.
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