You’ve got interview! Now what? Interviews can take many kinds of format and employers may ask a variety of question and can be a stressful in the build up to the date. It is also important that you present the best version of yourself, be preparing yourself you will help to eliminate the stress and present yourself in a calm and confident manner. We have provided a step by step guide and example questions to help to feel prepared and able show off the best you!
Research the company
It’s critical that you do research into the company who have asked you to interview as it is almost guaranteed that they will ask a question such as “What do you know about the work we do here? “. Ultimately you are there to secure a position within their company and will be interviewed by somebody who has a strong connection and influence within the business. Not only will research help you to prepare a strong answer, but it will allow you to ask questions about the company and show that your interest is legitimate.
- How long has the company been trading?
- Where did the company begin? Is it or was it a family run business?
- Do they have a mission statement?
- Company ethos and are they involved in any community projects or charity?
- What are their future plans?
- Who are their competitors and how does this company differ?
Plan your Journey
Never arrive late for an interview! Check out your journey and how you are going to travel. Google Maps is a brilliant place to check as this offers you routes on foot, public transport or by car, once you have entered in location and time you wish to arrive it advises the time of travel, which public transport to take and how long it will take you to arrive. Remember to also take a look at any road maintenance that may be undergoing or upcoming on your route as this will also cause delays!
It is a good idea to do a trial run, at the same time of day as your interview to see how long it will actually take you. On the day, add half an hour to your journey, this allows you some extra time for any unforeseen circumstances and if you’re early allows you to freshen up, grab a coffee and re-read preparation questions and research.
Dress to Impress!
There are many things to do before an interview but it is important the you don’t neglect your outfit - interviews are all about impressions. Follow these tips so that you make sure you make the right impact that last after you interview is over!
If you’re interview for a role that isn’t based in an office-environment or that requires you to wear a uniform, by following these tips you will still make the best impression by wearing something professional and formal. By dressing in this way, not only are you showing that you are taking your interview seriously, but it also demonstrates that you can be professional and would be a good representation of their company.
Give yourself enough time to prepare your personal hygiene. Make sure your breath is fresh and even your nails are tidy. Your hair also needs to be just as in order as your body and outfit; if you have a beard, shave it or tidy it up and don’t over-use perfume or aftershave.
You might know how to put together a killer outfit already, but dressing for an interview is something you should pay extra care and attention to. From hair to hem, let your outfit and style show how professional you.