You just received that phone call to come for an interview and you’re absolutely thrilled. You’ve probably called a few family and friends to tell them about your recent breakthrough and you can’t wait for the big day. You’re planning on what you’re going to wear; a blog post we will share soon, what you will say and already picturing yourself acing the interview and starting your new job the very next day. Before you get excited, there are a few things you need to know that will help you nail the interview.
The tips below are in no particular order but they will make a huge impact on your next interview.
1. Don’t Be An Eager Beaver
Arriving too early for an interview might sound like a good idea to you. Unfortunately it sends the wrong message to your potential employer. It will give them the impression that you have too much time on your hands, you are desperate and overeager. Never go to an interview too early, arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment.
2. Do Your Research
Make yourself best friends with Google and research on the company. Visit their website, see what they’re about so that when you do show up for the interview you’re packed with knowledge on how you can sell yourself to them. If you get a call from a recruitment consultant for the interview; you can ask them to give you more information on the company.
3. No Selfies
Do not put your picture in the CV unless it’s a professional picture. Don’t even think about putting a selfie; it’s weird and tacky.
4. Stick To The Program
Do not send your certificates and cover letter unless you are specifically asked to do so. If the company needs anything from you they will certainly inform you.
5. Take A Chance?
Unless you meet two of say for example the three requirements for the position do not apply for the job.
6. Make An Impression
The way you walk into a room, if you maintain eye contact or not, the way you speak to the receptionist and the way you sit is being observed. Make sure you are well dressed, you have breath mints before the interview and if you want to you can even ask for the rest room to freshen up.
Carry a nice portfolio with you to keep your CV, business cards if you have any and a notebook. A lot of people forget that sometime during the interview you’ll be asked if you have any questions. Make sure you have questions written down in your notebook for the interviewer. You want to show the interviewer that you’re organised and interested in the job.
Never list your employer as your reference. This is a very dangerous move. Your current employer can monitor your movements and if they don’t particularly like you; you might never make it to the interview. If you’re not in the mood to get fired then keep your current employer contact details off your CV.
9. Money Matters
Do your homework and find out what the market is offering in terms of remuneration of the role.
10. Avoid Using Slang Words
Do not use slang words or vernacular. Use clear language that your interviewer will understand.
I hope you practice these steps and be a step closer to getting the job you want. Good advice never goes out of style. Share it with family and friends who will benefit from it too.