Congratulations! You have landed yourself a face to face interview but you want to prepare in the best way for your interview so you can make a good first impression.
Keep reading below to see how you can ace your next interview.
Make sure you know where you are going. I would recommend traveling to the location before the interview so when it comes to the big day you will know how long it takes and you will be able to make time for any inconveniences such as road closures or heavy traffic.
Some people do not realise that showing up too early for an interview can make a bad first impression. It can show that you have poor time management skills and may not be suitable for the employer especially in the current climate. Arriving 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled meeting should be just right.
Take any relevant qualifications/ certificates that you have. You should also take a copy of your CV and a separate reference sheet. The hiring manager may not need but this shows you are organised and prepared.
Notes and questions
Take a notebook so you can make notes during the interview. Be careful to not spend most of the interview writing notes this can be off-putting and this also reduces eye contact. Before the interview write down questions that you wish to ask. Try and ask questions that show that you have done your research and make sure that your questions can generate a two way street of communication.
Research about the company and find out everything you possibly can about them. Don’t just visit their website go beyond & check out their social media platforms this is a good way of understanding what it will be like to work there. You want to be able to know what you are talking about so when you are asked “What do you know about our company?” You will be able to answer confidently. Research about your interviewer, find out what you can about the person by checking out their LinkedIn profile, the better understanding you have the more successful your interview will be.
Remember to be confident know your CV inside out. Demonstrate how this job role matches your skillset by making sure you understand the job specification to know what the employer is looking for. Dress for success, whenever you are attending an interview dress in business / formal dress unless the interviewer states otherwise.
We wish you the best of luck in your interview!
If you feel like you are not gaining interviews please take a read of our unsuccessful applications blog which will help you to understand why you might not be hearing back from applications.