INTERVIEW TIPS

INTERVIEW TIPS

Interviews can be very nerve wracking experiences, and employers do understand the pressures that you will be under - especially if you have not had much experience in the professional world.

The hints and tips below should answer most of the questions you have before the date of your interview, so ensure you read them thoroughly and try to remember as much as you can.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Know something about the company or business you’re applying for - the company’s website is the best place to begin! 
BE PUNCTUAL
If you’re applying for any job, one of the most important attributes an employer is looking for in an employee is reliability. Every employer will tell you…reliable people are hard to find!
Ensure that any mobile devices are turned off or on silent.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY
You want to put your best foot forward during your interview, and your appearance is a big part of that. It’s the first part of your first impression. You want to look presentable, well-groomed, and dressed appropriately for the type of job you’re applying for, aim for professional and smart. Remember that the employer is looking for someone who takes pride in their appearance and can give a professional look to their clients. 
WHEN THE INTERVIEW STARTS
Understand that the interview begins as soon as you walk through the door. As soon as you walk through the door, the interview has started. Assume that everyone you encounter before and after you even meet the person actually responsible for hiring will have a say in whether you get the job or not. Treat everyone with the utmost respect and be your best self. 
SITTING COMFORTABLY
Sit up straight, but comfortably straight. You don’t want to look like a robot. Don’t cross your arms in front of you — that will make you look defensive. Just rest them gently on your thighs. Don’t be afraid to gesture as you answer questions — it shows you’re excited. Avoid any nervous ticks like checking your watch, tapping your foot, or touching your face and hair.
SHOW EXCITEMENT AND INTEREST
As someone who has been on the other side of the desk in conducting job interviews, nothing is worse than talking to someone who shows no interest or excitement about the job. Be enthusiastic, and remember that you have to really show the employer that you are the right person for the job. Always assume you have lots of competition and that you must be the best.
HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR THE INTERVIEWER READY
Interviewers usually finish things up by asking, “So do you have any questions for us?” The incorrect response is, “Nope! You answered all my questions.” Ask what a typical day will be like, ask about training or ask about how many other staff are working there. Basically it’s another opportunity for you to show an interest in the job.
THANK THE INTERVIEWER FOR THEIR TIME
When the interview is finished, shake the interviewer’s hand, and thank them for their time. Make it sincere. Last impressions count nearly as much as first ones do.
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