Interviews can be stressful and daunting, even if you’ve already had hundreds in the past. The questions, the stumbling over answers and the awkward silences. We’ve all been there. If you’ve got an interview looming, and you’re desperate to impress, follow these failsafe tips.
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- Be punctual
Nothing creates a bad impression than rushing through the door ten minutes late huffing and puffing and struggling to breathe. If you’ve got an interview, plan in advance. Sort out what you’re wearing and do your ironing the night before. Set two alarms, just in case. Don’t snooze. Get up, get ready and get out of the door. It’s always best to be early than late. If you’re going to be late due to horrendous traffic or train cancellations, call and let the interviewer know.
- Look the part
As humans, we form impressions within seconds of laying eyes on others. First impressions are vitally important when it comes to getting that dream job. Make sure that you dress for the occasion and you make an effort with your personal appearance. Wash and style your hair. Use a Braun shaver to trim stray facial hair, and plan your outfit carefully. Generally speaking, it’s best to go for a formal suit, a shirt and tie and smart shoes. Give your shoes a polish before you leave home. If you’re going for a creative job, you may like to experiment a little. If you’re aiming to work in fashion, for example, you may wish to add individual touches to make your outfit stand out. You could switch a tie for a bow tie or invest in a statement bag, for example.
Preparation is essential for any interview. Think about the kinds of questions you may be asked and create some answers. If you’ve been asked to do a presentation, rehearse it over and over again. Ask a friend or partner to listen and give you feedback. Make sure you have facts and figures pinned down. Do some research about the company and the role before you go to your interview.
- Be confident
Confidence is key when it comes to impressing potential employers. Sell your best qualities and try to persuade your interviewer that you are the best candidate for the position. Show your passion and enthusiasm, but don’t get carried away. Retain a degree of modesty, as you don’t want to come across as arrogant. Maintain good posture throughout the interview and keep your head held high. Speak slowly and clearly and inject some intonation. When you’re asked tricky questions, take your time. Think about the answer and then respond. There’s no rush. It’s better to take a moment to ponder, than to spout out whatever comes into your head first.
Interviews can be scary, but with the right attitude and effective planning, you should sail through. Be confident in your own abilities and stay positive. If you do get knocked back, ask for feedback, so that you can improve for next time. Good luck!