Going for an interview can be nerve racking, but effective preparation will make you feel and appear more confident. Here are some ideas for preparing:
Background research on the company before hand – company websites are an excellent starting point
Read the job description thoroughly, make a note of where your relevant skills and attributes are suited
Prepare two or three questions for the interview – anticipate that they will cover most things about the role during the conversation, so think about somethings that might not be obvious. How about: What training is given, or what they are looking for in the successful applicant?
Take a copy of your CV with you.
Advice for the Interview:
Look your best and dress appropriately.
SMILE – it makes you feel and appear confident.
Check your route and parking options before the day and aim to arrive early.
Remember the interviewer/s name and the vacancy you have applied for.
Anyone you meet from this moment forward may influence the final decision maker, so be pleasant and chat appropriately to the receptionist etc.
When responding to questions, think of examples that demonstrate your experience in real-life scenarios.
Be confident, be yourself and be enthusiastic.
Find ways to show that you are knowledgeable about the company and that you have prepared for the interview.
Listen – sometimes, especially when nervous, people actually forget to listen to the questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for something to be repeated if you don’t understand or need clarification.
At the end of the interview, let them know if you are interested in the job and ask when you will hear from them.
Don’t forget to say goodbye to reception as you leave, particularly if they have taken care of you whilst you were waiting.
Charmaine @ Bond Williams was very pleasant, helpful and totally professional throughout my dealings with her in my search for a new role. She gave me the confidence to go for a role which I was unsure if my skills would be enough. Thanks to her I ended up getting both phone and face-to-face interviews and being offered the role. Thanks again
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