So you’ve done it: you’ve secured the interview!
You spent hours labouring over your application, CV and covering letter. You kept everything crossed they’ll like you enough to want to know more. And now, here’s your chance.
Too many people fail to see the opportunity in a job interview; instead they see the test.
This is the big one – your Warhol-style 5 minutes of fame.
Make the right impression, demonstrate with flair and this one could be the game-changer!
To get ahead of the game and win the ultimate prize you need to be seriously on the ball… so here’s the first 3 of 10 top tips, to help you ensure you are in the best possible shape for that interview:
1. Preparation is the key
…to your success on the day.
- Checkout the company website – and any social media channels. You may have the opportunity to refer to this on the day, so take note.
- Have a clear idea of the salary you are expecting – especially if it isn’t advertised. Prepare to justify this with specific reasons if necessary.
- Discover if there are any local (or national if appropriate) competitors you may need to be aware of. if so ensure you are acquainted with their work/details/website. This often comes in useful when asked what you can bring to the role.
- Ensure you have read your CV throughly – contradictions in interview do not make a good impression!
- Also, re-read the job advert / job description just before the interview; be clear about the role you are applying for!
2. You will be judged
…from the very first moment.
Enter the building smiling, speak confidently and politely to any reception or support staff.
- Handshakes should be firm and accompanied by a genuine smile – with good eye contact.
- If you walk with your interviewer to the room, make engaging small talk: don’t moan about weather, traffic, parking etc. instead speak confidently and positively e.g. about the building, the ethos or the company website.
Remember that you need to sell yourself – and experts say that it takes a mere 30seconds for another person to decide whether or not they like you and if you will be a good fit with them or their team.
Use every one of those 30 seconds wisely!
3. Think about your body language
…it’s saying all sorts about you even when you’re not speaking.
There’s lots of info on the internet about good body language – assertive versus aggressive etc.
If you don’t know much about this it’s definitely worth doing your research.
Body language is highly powerful and can put off or attract potential employers without you even realising what you’re doing.
- maintain good eye contact throughout – do not look at the floor!
- do not fold your arms across your chest – instead lay them in your lap calmly.
- don’t lean back in your chair, sit upright and to the floor! Sit upright and remain an active participant at all times.
- when emphasising or illustrating a point, don’t be afraid to use gesture and expression.
- use your hands, lean forwards when you talk – and engage your interviewers.
- don’t hang back when walking with anyone else, maintain a pace with them and show them your are equal to it.
- relax your shoulders but keep you chin up – literally!
You need to prepare and practice your body language – when panic, or nerves, kick in you wont be able to think about it. So practise, practise, practise until it’s perfect!
More tips to follow – check back soon and find out more useful info on preparing for your job interview………