Great, you’ve got an interview! Now you need to do your planning. First things first:
If you have enough time, do a practice run. Walk or drive the route, can your local bus timetable be trusted? – this is not the time to be late! Equally you don’t want to be more than 10-15 minutes early – hanging around in reception never works in your favour.
If you can’t remember who you are meeting with either check back on the interview confirmation we sent you or ring our office. When you arrive be clear & confident & say “I have an interview at (whatever time) with (interviewers name) in the (whatever) Department”.
Generally for men the suit, shirt & tie combination is the best – NO TRAINERS!!! For women things can be a little more difficult – smart casual works the best unless this is a management position so stick with a skirt or trouser combined with a smart top.
Preparation & Research
In order to stand out from the crowd - prepare! You need to check out the company website so you understand what they do & you may want to do a bit of research on some of the key players in the organisation (LinkedIn is good for this). If you are lucky enough to know others that work there have a chat with them about the organisation - the more you know before you go, the less likely you are to muck it up. Always take a pen and small note book, and have some questions listed so you remember to ask them all.
Interviews can be very stressful, with so many things to think about and trying to make a good impression to someone you have never met before can be daunting. Relax!! At this point you have researched the company & know what skills you are able to offer them – so remember by maintaining good eye contact, you show that you are interested in them and what they have to say. Maintain an open posture – folded arms are not good. Leaning slightly forwards, and maintaining eye contact with your interviewer suggests that you are interested in them and what they have to say.
This is a work-based interview – remember to give the interviewer plenty of examples that show you can do the job. Stories of how you have dealt with similar situations in the past show that you don’t just know the theory and what they want to hear… but that you have actually done it before!
Close the interview
At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time. Tell them you have enjoyed meeting them, and that you are very interested in the role. Ask them when you will hear from them, and what the next step will be. Tell them you look forward to the opportunity of working with them.
Once you are out give us a ring, let us know how you felt it went, and then you can relax with a well-deserved cup of tea!