So you’ve done it, you’ve sent your job application into your chosen company and have gotten that all-important email confirming you’ve earned yourself an interview. You’ve got past the hard bit, or so you thought. There is nothing more intimidating than a job interview, its the last hurdle that stands between you and your dream job and so it’s important to make a good impression and succeed. Wanting to do your best and actually doing your best so it’s easy to worry about how you’ll do, here are some handy tips on how to succeed during the interview stage.
Dress your best
When you walk into your interview, the first thing that the interviewer will notice is your appearance, and how you look will tell them a lot about you as a person. If you turn up with your appearance looking sloppy and unkempt, then they will instantly feel negative about you and it could compromise your employability. Make sure that you are wearing smart, clean clothes that are business appropriate. If you don’t care about how you look, why would you care about doing a good job for the company? It just doesn’t make a good first impression. Make sure that you’re not wearing anything too flamboyant as you don’t want to stand out for the wrong reasons. Make sure that you’re practicing good hygiene too as having poor hygiene can make employers reluctant to take you on. Ensure that your hair is washed and tidied and that your breath smells good, as you’re going to be in close proximity with the interviewer. Also, make sure that you smell nice, wear a good perfume or after spray. If you smell bad, the interviewer could be distracted and not focused on all of your achievements. Smelling good will also make you more memorable to interviewers.
Take the initiative
Something that a lot of interviewers dread is when they get to that part of the interview where it’s time for the interviewee to ask any questions and there is nothing but silence. This is a bad first impression and so this awkward encounter should be avoided at all costs. Now, this does not mean that you have to play a game of 21 questions and ask about things that don’t really matter, you’re probably not the last person they have in line to interview so you don’t want to keep them around for too long. But make sure that you are paying attention throughout the interview and make note of anything you may want to ask. Ask what the hours are like and what they would expect from you as a worker. This immediate interest will really impress them and it will show that you are serious about the available position.
Something else that employers hate it when people come to interviews without any preparation. You should practice the answers to any potential questions that they may ask, as this will mean you don’t have to think on the spot in a high-pressure situation. It means that you will be able to give them the best available answers and relax more during the interview process. Something that a lot of people don’t know is that if you look up the company that you are looking to join, there are a number of sites where people discuss what their interview process was like there. This means that you could have access to the exact questions that the interviewer will ask, so make sure that you do some digging as this could be really helpful during the interview.
How you act
Just who you are as a person can influence how your interview turns out. Pay attention to your body language, are you slumping in your seat or sitting with your arms crossed? Negative body language can really make you look bad in an interview as it will appear that you don’t care. Make sure that you are sitting upright with good posture and don’t lean on the desk with your elbows. This will create the appearance that you are engaging with whatever the interviewer is saying and shows that you care about being there.