These interview tips will help even the most inexperienced interviewees to shine:
- Common questions, consider the most likely questions that you are going to be asked before you even get to the interview. This way you are ready and won’t get stuck for something to say. The most frequent interview questions can all be prepared for.
- Research, knowing a thing or two about your potential employer will assist you in the interview. It will help you to tailor your responses and to show you are keen. Spend some time reading the corporate website at least.
- Arrive for your interview about 15 minutes in advance. If you are unsure of the location or how long it might take to park leave an extra few minutes early. Punctuality is a major concern for employers, being late will often kill your chances of landing the job.
- First impressions have a high impact. Take care with the way you dress and groom yourself to show the employer that you are taking the job seriously. The employer will be especially concerned with your appearance if you are in a customer contact position as a server, store clerk, receptionist or front desk worker.
- Wear wrinkle-free clothing and avoid garments with those stylish holes.
– For most jobs, business casual will be suitable. That means a nice pair of pants and a collared shirt for guys. Girls can do without the collar but should wear a nice blouse, and can pair it with a skirt of appropriate length if preferred.
– Consider the type of organization you are targeting as you prepare your interview attire. Show a fashion flare in line with the orientation of the store if you are going for a job in retail.
– Avoid a shaggy look with your hair, and don’t wear excessive perfume or aftershave, makeup or jewellery. Bring a notepad to jot down questions that may occur to you, points you want to remember to make in your behalf and the interviewer’s name if you tend to be forgetful.
- Turn your cell phone off or to vibrate, and resist the temptation to take a peek at any time before, during or after the meeting, when you are in view of the interviewer. Employers are very concerned about losing productivity among employees who are constantly checking their phones.
- Greet the interviewer with a firm but not crushing handshake, a warm smile and look them in the eye. Make a mental or physical note of their name and use it during the interview, so you remember it for your follow up. Always address the interviewer as Mr or Ms, employers will be evaluating how you might interact with their staff and customers.
- Exude energy, enthusiasm and a positive attitude at all times. Employers want upbeat workers who don’t bring any attitudinal baggage to the job. When sitting, avoid slouching and lean slightly forward, like you are eager to hear the next thing that the interviewer has to say. Smile. A smile can be a powerful tool at a first meeting. Even if you feel nervy, make sure you smile because it will make you come across as friendly and relaxed.
- Be prepared to say why the job interests you. You can reference things like the tasks, work environment, what you would learn and the people with whom you would interact. Everything being equal in terms of qualifications, employers will often pick the candidate who seems most interested.
- Ask something; never say you have nothing to ask at the interview. It makes you seem disinterested so always have a few questions to ask your interviewer planned in advance.
- Make notes, even if you are taking everything in, making a note creates the impression that you are paying full attention. This is one of the best interview techniques for people who want to come across as conscientious.
- End positively, when the interview is approaching an end try to conclude on a positive note. This could be as simple as saying something like, “I look forward to hearing from you.”