Here are a few helpful tips for what you should be doing during an interview and what you shouldn’t be doing.
– Make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the interview, if you are quite sure about what you should be wearing to your interview then go in the middle. Wear trousers, a shirt and tie (if man) and smart polished shoes, therefore you are not under or overdressed. If you want to make sure your dress code is appropriate you could go to the company’s location when they finish or start work and you can see what the dress code is. Let’s just hope you don’t go there on dress down Friday!
– Ensure that you know where the interview is and you know how to get there. Give yourself plenty of time to get there and remember to account for traffic; the last thing you want to do is be late for your interview. Plus if you get there early you have time to grab a coffee and prepare for the interview, leaving you more relaxed and confident.
– Try and maintain positive body language, Give each interviewer a firm handshake at the beginning and end of the interview. Furthermore, you may find that you fidget when you are nervous and/or wave your hands a lot when speaking. This can be distracting to the interviewer and take away from your performance. Develop a technique that will help you to control the movement whilst still appearing natural and relaxed
– Prepare for the interview, go online and look at common interview questions and think about what your answer would be to that question. You don’t want to freeze up every time the interviewer asks you a question. Also when you are answering a question give yourself time to think about what it is you have been asked, don’t rush into answering a question. Do you agree?
– It is always a good idea to go and have a look at the practice before interview so they can prepare more specific topics and questions for the interview, this isn’t only for your benefit but the potential employer as well, as it can show that you are actually interested in the role and have taken the time to prepare for the interview. Also when looking on the website pick 3 or 4 key things to mention to stroke the interviewers ego like awards received or high quality of lenses or frames.
– A simple one but needs to be done, make sure that all of your attention is on the interviewer. Try and maintain eye contact and always listen to what they are saying during the interview. If you are not sure what they are saying ask them to rephrase it or ask in another way.
-Read through your CV and try and remember the main points so you can refer to it during the interview with ease. Take your CV with you for added security and if you had to pre-fill in an application form make sure it matches the information on your CV. By doing this it will give you more confidence in the interview.
– Lastly, when you are answering questions always think about how you are going to benefit the business rather than how they are going to benefit you e.g. why do you want to work here? (Benefit to you) “The money is better than my last job and it is only 5 minutes round the corner”. (Benefit to them) “Because I feel like I could progress in the business and bring new ideas to the table”.
It would be great to hear any tips that you would give to someone going on an interview.
– Try to steer clear of asking questions about the perks of the role. If the interviewer asks, do you have any questions? Don’t reply with, how much days holiday do I get? How many sick days can I take? Now these questions will need to be answered as they are important, however if you have not already been offered the role try to stick to questions like, is it a good working environment? Are there progression opportunities in the role? It would be great to hear your opinion on these questions.
– It’s great to be confident but don’t be over confident when it comes to the interview. Don’t assume that you have already got the job before the interview even starts.
– You should avoid wearing overpowering fragrance. It is probably best to avoid alcohol the night before the interview and smokers should resist the temptation to have a cigarette on the way to or while waiting for an interview.
I hope that these tips have been helpful and would love to hear about any tips that you would give anyone going on a job interview.
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