How to...ace a job interview!
Despite being one of the most nerve-wracking experiences, a job interview can create a number of new and exciting opportunities in a person's life. As a company that pride ourselves on promoting self-confidence, we have compiled a list of top tips to help you in any job interview - so you never have to feel nervous again!
1. Be confident
Although sometimes easier said than done, body language and the way you present yourself can be one of the biggest indicators of character for any prospective employer. Remember, if you get offered an interview, they are already interested in you and think you could be a perfect suit for their company - so prove that you are!
2. Dress to impress
This goes without saying - the more you look the part, the more confident you will feel. However, try to avoid wearing clothes that are too fitted or stuffy as you may find that in an interview setting they are not quite as comfortable as normal! If you feel great in them, however, go for it! If you're unsure on what to wear, a pair of tailored black trousers and a shirt/blouse is always a winning combo!
3. Be prepared
If you go into an interview unprepared, you are less likely to be successful. A useful tip is to research the company you have applied for, read up on their key products, their mission statement and try to incorporate your findings into your answers during your interview. There's nothing worse than somebody that has no idea what the business even does!
4. Ask questions
This does not mean 'how long do I get for lunch?' or 'what's the pay?' - ask questions that show you've taken the time to read up on the company, and the actual role that you have applied for!
5. Don't be late!
Reed.co.uk found that almost 40% of prospective employers state lateness is the worst mistake that an interviewee can make - so don't let this jeopardise your opportunity! You should arrive approximately 10-15 minutes before your interview is scheduled to take place and always allow longer than you think for journey times - you can't always predict what is going to happen!
So, know your worth, prepare thoroughly and hold your head high. And remember, the interview is for you to get to know them as much as it is for them to get to know you! Good luck!