There are few things in life quite as nerve-wracking as job interviews. When you have your heart set on the perfect career move, it is hard not to feel the pressure. But there are many ways to prepare that will boost your confidence, as well as the interviewer’s confidence in your ability. Here are 5 ways to leave a lasting impression at your upcoming job interview.
Be on Time
It is important to be on time for your interview to show that have good timekeeping skills. This is something that all interviewers are looking for, no matter what industry you are in, so aim to arrive at least 15 minutes early. This will give you adequate time to find the meeting space and calm your nerves before the interview.
Research the Business
It is likely that you will have a small amount of information on the business from the application process, but it is important to have in-depth knowledge when attending an interview. Take some time out to do thorough research on the business so you fully understand what they do, what they are trying to achieve and how they operate. This will tell your interviewers that you are genuinely interested in working with them. A good starting point is their website – if they have a blog or news channel, read some of their latest items so you have something to talk about.
Prepare some key questions to ask your interviewers in advance. Asking questions shows you’re genuinely interested in the role and the company. Questions could include:
What will I be required to do daily?
What are you looking for in a candidate?
What are the challenges I will face in the role?
What will my targets and KPI’s be?
Dress to Impress
Ensuring you are presentable is one of the most important parts of an interview process. Make an informed judgement of the likely dress requirements of the business you are going into – if it is a corporate business, make sure you dress professionally and use smart and stylish bags or briefcases. Avoid carrying a bag that is tattered and on its last legs! If you are going into a creative space such as an art studio and feel that you are confident in your style, just be yourself. Your clothing choices can make a lasting impression on your interviewer. Either way, make sure you wear clean, ironed clothes to show that you are smart and presentable.
Be Enthusiastic and Positive
Exude a positive, can-do attitude throughout your interview. This will give your interviewers a good impression of your approach to work and what you will really be like in the role. The point of an interview is to sell yourself, so avoid any negative comments or connotations. One of the most important aspects for an interviewer is to gauge whether you will genuinely enjoy the role they are recruiting for so that they pick the right person who will stick around. Let them know that you are enthusiastic about working with them!
Finally, be confident in your own ability. They have asked you in to interview because they see potential in you. So believe in yourself!
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