So you’ve decided to try your luck in the world of work and managed to land that first job interview. Well done! We know you’re probably feeling very nervous though, which is why we’ve given you some tips to help you through the interview with these 5 pointers.
Do your research
An important part of preparing for your interview is to make sure you’re well informed about the company. Find out what they do and what sets them apart from their competitors, as well as the position you’re being interviewed for and what it entails. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel during your interview; it’ll also make it easier for you to explain why you think you’re a good fit for the company (hint, hint).
Have a copy of your resumé
Firstly, you need to have a resumé to speak, and it’s got to be good quality. If, for some reason, you don’t have one already, make use of our free CV builderto create the perfect one for you. Secondly, you need to make sure that you take a copy of your CV to the interview, once you’ve landed it, in case the interviewer hasn’t got one on hand. It also shows that you’re prepared and those are definitely points to score here.
Arrive on time
Again, preparation is everything. Arriving on time or early doesn’t just tell the interviewer that you’re eager and organised, but also that you’re likely to be on time for work if you do get the job. Tardiness and disorganisation are not a good look, so make sure that you have these fundamentals down and you’ll be off to a good start. However, if for any reason, you do find yourself running late, make sure you give the company a call (at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time) so that they know to still expect you.
Mind your body language
Spoken and non-spoken language are both equally important. You want to appear relaxed and confident, so be sure to make some good eye contact and to smile where appropriate. Also, you might want to leave some of those restless behaviours - like fidgeting and moving about - at home because they can be very distracting.
Look the part
Apart from dazzling the interviewer with your vibrant smile and great answers, you do need to dress appropriately for the job you’re being interviewed for. For instance, if the company’s looking for a receptionist, it’s probably not a good idea to arrive casually clad in jeans and a tank top.
Your first interview can be quite daunting to prepare for, since you most likely don’t know what to expect, but with enough prep and use of the tips above, you’ll definitely make a good impression.