Most people will have to go through the interview process at some point in their lives. Interviews can be extremely daunting. If you have never had an interview before, or just need to brush up on your skills, we’ve gathered the three top tips for a successful interview. There are many articles on the topic, so read up well in advance of your big day.
Remember that you shouldn’t be discouraged if you don’t get the job, or even don’t get an interview. The jobs market is a harsh world right now, so make sure you are getting all the experience you can as well as honing your skills.
Read on to find out all about how to have a great interview.
Know The Interview Dress Code
First of all, you need to plan what you are going to wear. If the interview is an ‘informal chat’ then you probably don’t need to wear a three-piece suit. However, if it’s for a good position and very formal, you should definitely dress quite smart.
Remember what you wear to your interview also may not be what you wear to work every day if you get the job. Ties are recommended for the interview but may not be necessary for everyday life.
Think About Timings
There are so many timings to consider when trying to prepare.
You need to make sure you arrive on time, or early. Some interviews require you to arrive up to 20 minutes before the actual interview so that they can process your details and so on. Make sure to factor in your travel timings and if you are using public transport, it is recommended that you leave early.
Make sure to think about the speed at which you are talking too. If you chatter really fast and ramble, you will come across as immature. Try to slow down and consider each point you make thoughtfully.
One of the most important things is to research. Know a bit about the company you are looking to work for. Make sure you have memorised the job description and know exactly what you are applying to do.
Knowing what your role will be and try to find out about your employer will allow you to adapt your answers to specifically cater to the potential job. Interviewers will really appreciate the time and effort spent and this will definitely work in your favour.
The best thing to remember is that you need to relax! The interviewers are not there to trip you up and are just looking for a great candidate for their role. Do your best and good luck on your job hunt!