So you’ve managed to land an interview? Well, what happens next?
After all the hard work it’s taken to apply for jobs and get yourself an interview, it is of paramount importance to do everything you can to perform at your best on the day. There is no way to guarantee yourself the job, but there are definitely things you can do to give it your best shot.
- The preparation
– One of the main things we would advise in terms of preparation would be to read up on the company. A great place to start is the company’s website, where you’ll almost certainly find an ‘about us’ section. Take your time with this, and give yourself the best idea you can about the company’s aims, ethos and vibe.
– Make sure you have something to wear. If it’s your first ever interview, it may well be that you need to buy some smart clothing such as suit trousers and a shirt. However, if you’ve already got what you need, make sure it’s clean, ironed and ready to go. It’s probably a good idea to have the prep for your clothing done the day before to avoid any last minute stress.
– Calculate how long it’s going to take you to get to the venue, where to park or how far from your public transport stop it is, if you have to pay for parking, etc. It’s always a good idea to be as prepared as possible, so if you can have a look at the location on Google Street View, we’d definitely recommend it to get a really good picture of where you’ll be going.
- On the day
– The best thing to do on the day is to follow how you’re feeling. If you aren’t in the mood for breakfast, don’t force it. However it’s going to be essential to keep hydrated, especially if you won’t be eating anything before you go in.
– You may already have been advised on what to bring with you by the company, but we would say it’s a great idea to bring a copy of your CV printed out just in case you need it.
– Arrive in plenty of time. Leave more time than you need, you can always wait in the car or grab a coffee nearby if you’ve got enough time, but you can’t undo that first impression on your potential employer if you show up late.
– When you arrive at location where your interview is due to take place, we would definitely recommend greeting Anyone you pass could potentially be someone that works in the building you might soon be working in, whether that’s the cleaner or the CEO. So smile, say hello and put your best foot forward, no matter who they are.
– Ensure that you put your phone on silent. Ideally, don’t have your phone in your hand at all once you’re in the building. Wear a watch if you need to check the time regularly, but keep your phone in your bag – it will help you to present yourself as professional and able to focus on the task in hand.
- In the room
– Get the initial handshake right. It’s almost inevitable that you’ll have to shake the hand of the person conducting your interview, so make sure you look them in the eye and shake their hand confidently (not too hard, not too weak!)
– When they ask you questions, speak clearly and don’t rush. You can take a few seconds to consider your answers. Try and avoid coming across too jokey, as you want them to know you’re taking the interview seriously. Avoid being too colloquial and definitely don’t curse or use any kind of rude language at all – seems obvious but you need to make sure your professional image is clean and smart. It’s also a good idea to avoid talking excessively – keep your answers focussed and don’t waffle too much.
– If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask them. Try and stick to questions about the job itself, and avoid asking about paid holiday and other details that will be confirmed further down the line and are irrelevant to the role and what it involves.