Friday, 5 April 2013

How to Achieve the Perfect Interview


Finding your dream job can be difficult, so if you’ve managed to secure that all-important interview, doing the best that you can is the final hurdle.

It’s easy to let nerves get the better of you, so here are some of my top tips to help you feel confident and ace that interview.

1. Visit the office before the interview

If you’re not familiar with the area, or haven’t done the journey before, it’s always a good idea to do a dummy run to test your timings. Visiting the office, even if you don’t go in, will also give you an idea of the general dress code, so you can start planning your outfit for the day.

2. Research the company

When looking for a job, it’s common to apply to lots of places to give yourself the best chances. If you’re not too familiar with the company you’re interviewing with, make sure that you research it thoroughly before the day. Find out when it was founded, who owns it, how its run, and all of their general policies.

If you don’t, you could get stuck in the interview and a lack of knowledge about the firm will give the impression that you don’t really care about the job.

One thing that I learnt while at university is that it is also a great idea to amend or write a new CV and covering letter for every different job you apply for so that you can tailor it to that specific company's needs and what they're looking for in the job specification.

3. Be on time

This may be an obvious one, but being on time is absolutely crucial to your chances of getting the job. Some employers will refuse to interview you if you’re late, or if they do, many will have already made up their mind about your chances of being successful.  Plus, it gives you a great opportunity to wear a gorgeous watch as an accessory to your killer work wear outfit, which brings me to my fourth tip, how to dress for the interview.

4. Dress smartly

Even if an office has a fairly casual dress code, you should still dress more smartly than your potential colleagues.

A crisp white shirt, clean shoes and neat hair should be enough to give a great impression and improve your chances of securing a position at the firm.

5. Be confident

Last but not least, be confident. Even if your hands are shaking, try to come across as assured. Asking questions is always a good way to look more relaxed and will give you a chance to calm down.  Smile- each person you come into contact with at the office could potentially be your future colleague, make yourself someone they would want to talk to in the tea room.

What are your top tips when going for an interview?


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  1. These are such great tips! Wish more people would take more time to research the company/firm/business they're applying for.

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    1. Totally, it makes such a difference xxx

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