Job Interviews: Preparation is key
Preparation is key for interviews as they provide the opportunity to make both sides comfortable with each other, which is important for a strong working relationship.
A successful candidate will be offered a job down to the impression they give of themselves and their credentials from their cv, as well as creating a connection between themselves and the interviewer.
You only have one chance to make a first impression. There are so many ways to unintentionally give the wrong idea, usually because of nerves. So here are some ways to conquer your fears in preparation for an interview.
Research the company
This will help you begin to discover what kind of company they are, and how you could see yourself fit in. You can find out if the companies ethics are like your own beliefs, and to try to understand what you might have to do daily with your role.
Dress for the job you want
Make sure you are appropriately dressed for the role you’re applying for. If you research the company well, it will give you a good idea of what is an ‘appropriate’ attire to wear for your interview. If you are applying for a job potentially office based, a shirt and tie or a suit would be appropriate, however, if you were applying for a dance teacher, you may be expected to show the interviewer what you can do, and dancing in a suit isn’t always best! Go with your gut. Wear what you believe will give your interviewer a good impression and remains smart, but also something you will comfortable and confident in.
Prepare questions to ask
The interview is as much for you as it is for the employer. Ask questions that will help with your decision on accepting a job if you are offered it. As much as they need to know if you are the right fit – you need to do the same. Questions that you ask will show you that you are proactive and that you are interested in the role and your interviewer will be more than happy to answer any questions that you have. Try to get several questions prepared beforehand, there is nothing wrong with writing them on cue cards or in a notebook for you to remember, and if you think of any during the interview, make sure you ask them.
With Merranti recruitment, we will put you forward for a role if your experience matches client’s requirements and if we believe you are the right fit for the company. If there is something you are unsure about or think you need to work on, let us know.
Preparation is key
If you are organised in advance of your interview, you will have a lot less to worry about on the day. Remember to work out how long it will take you to get to the offices or the location of where the interview will be. Make sure to allow time for traffic in case it is busy. Being at your interview a little early is always better than being a little late.
On average, we spend more time with the people we work with than anyone else, so pretending to be something you not in an interview won’t help you on the day or in the long run. Everyone gets nervous before (and during interviews) even the employers, so be yourself, make sure that you have done your research and you can be sure that you have done your best.
For any more recruitment and interview tips, contact Clair Reilly on 01342 835 769 or email@example.com.