Landing the right job often depends on what impression you initially make at the first job interview. Let’s face it, we judge by appearances. So, how can I prepare for that job interview that may get me the job I’ve always wanted? In part one of this series, we’ll look at some basic tips to keep in mind before the interview. In the second part, we’ll consider tips to bear in mind during the interview and in the last part we’ll quickly examine what to do after the job interview. So let’s begin!
Part 1: before the interview
You finally get that call from that company you’ve been always wanting to work for. They are impressed by your C.V. and want you to pop in for an interview. You are thrilled at the idea of finally realising a lifelong ambition. How should you prepare for this interview though?
First thing, do your homework. Do as much research as you can on the company. Find out how much profit they made last year, if they expanded overseas and if yes, where. Show the company you know about them and you want to join a winning team.
Secondly, dress smart but conservative. Don’t call too much attention to yourself, let your abilities and skills speak for you. Avoid flashy colours.
Thirdly, get to the interview on time, not too early and not late. Five minutes before is the usual standard.
Fourth, turn off your mobile phone before entering the interview room. If you forget to turn it off and it rings during the interview, simply turn it off without checking who is calling. Now we can begin with the interview.
In part two we will see what to do and not to do during the interview.