We’ve all been there: the moments before an interview, sweaty hands and nerves that threaten to wreck your perfectly prepared interview answers. Our team carefully put together this list of tips that we are certain will help you to secure your new position this Spring.
Calm your interview nerves with our best advice on the best ways to prepare for an interview.
1. Be on time
It seems so obvious to be on time for a job interview but it’s where many applicants display their lack of organisational skills. You only have one opportunity to make a first impression, so this is a golden opportunity to show your future boss how much you value their time and that you are prepared. Plan for traffic and unforeseen events like spilling coffee on your crisp, white shirt.
2. Dress the part
Speaking of white shirts, one of our best pieces of advice when it comes to dressing the part, is to wear your best smile. Be friendly with every employee you meet. The person interviewing you isn’t always the person you will be reporting to and you don’t want to miss an opportunity to make a good impression on everyone you meet. Employers will be looking at your appearance and the way in which you present yourself. Dress for success and you will attract it. It goes without saying that your attire should be neat and clean.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to give a nice and firm handshake to the employer before and after the interview.
3. Research the position
You need to know as much about the company beforehand as possible. Make sure to visit the website and read about their history and mission statement. Get insight into the company culture and values by spending some time on their social media networks. Another key tip regarding research is to read the job description properly. Many applicants apply for positions via our website without reading the job description. Be sure to read all the information carefully and make notes about questions you might have for the interviewer as well.
Pro Tip: Be ready to ask questions of your own. For example: What are the most important things you’d like me to accomplish in the first three months if I am hired for this position?
Read the most common interview questions here.