Once you have been selected for an interview it is vitally important that you are well prepared as possible. We would recommend that you prepare by:
Make sure you know where the interview will be held, and allow for delays when planning your route. We would advise you to arrive 10 minutes prior to your interview. And remember there is nothing worse than arriving late!
When preparing for an interview it is important to consider the kind of company you are visiting. For example an interview at a bank would suggest you wear formal attire, whilst at a media company interview you may want to dress a little more stylish and ‘funky’. Remember that certain types of business may not be so keen on jewellery, and personal hygiene is always important. It is always better to overdress than underdress as this shows you have made an effort.
When preparing for an interview it is always important to prepare yourself for any difficult questions that may arise. Examples of this are questions such as ‘why is there a gap in your CV between these dates?’ or ‘why were you at the previous company for such a short time?’ Have answers ready for these questions, allowing you to feel more confident and avoid you making mistakes when answering questions.
Once in the interview, give a firm handshake, maintain eye contact and be aware of your body language. Show confidence and enthusiasm, whilst speaking clearly. Listen carefully to questions and ensure your answers are specific to the question asked.
It is always great to have a few questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview. Thank the interviewer for their time and reiterate your interest in the position, showing your desire to be offered the position.
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