Going for a job interview can be a really nerve-wracking time, particularly if it’s for your dream job. You want to make sure you impress your potential new employers and stand out from the crowd, without coming across as too arrogant or difficult to manage. It’s no easy feat! However, one of the best ways to ace a job interview is to make sure you’re fully prepared – and here’s how to do just that.
Do your homework
If you’ve been invited in for an interview with a company, then you need to brush up precisely what it is they do. Don’t just skim read their website and hope that you’ll get away with not knowing a lot, as it might be evident if they ask you any questions related to their business. Instead, go through their entire website, see if you can find any news articles on them, and even scroll through their social media. This way, you’ll be fully prepared for both the job interview and, hopefully, the job if you get it.
Ask questions beforehand
Some recruiters will send you over some handy information to know before you attend your interview, but others won’t. If you are unsure about anything before you go, then make sure you ask. Consider things like dress code, how to get there, if there is parking available, and if you have to bring anything with you on the day. They won’t mind you asking questions if it means that you’ll be fully prepared on the day.
Sort your outfit
Hopefully, you’ve been given a dress code before you set off, so you should know what kind of thing to wear to your job interview. However, if you haven’t, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. Better to be the smartest dressed person in the room than the most underdressed! Opt for smart chinos, a shirt, and perhaps even a tie and blazer if it’s that kind of vibe. Ladies, opt for pants or a skirt, a blouse, and keep the makeup to a minimum. You don’t want to look like you’re ready for a night on the town!
There is nothing worse than getting lost or caught in traffic on your way to a job interview, and realizing you’re going to be late. However, with a bit of careful planning, you won’t need to worry about this. Do a practice run at the same time as you are going to have your interview, but the week before. Get the bus, train, walk, or drive, as you would for the interview, and see if there’s anything you need to be concerned about travel wise. You’ll also know exactly where the property is, so you don’t have any excuse to be late!
Interviews might seem scary at first, but as long as you do plenty of prep work they should be a walk in the park. Use these handy tips and hopefully you’ll bag yourself the job of your dreams.