FastTrack your way into that job!
Just doesn't cut it, especially at interview stage. Employers want to see that you are keen, reliable and punctual. Find out beforehand where the interview is and plan your journey, allowing time for traffic or train delays. It’s better to be early than late and gives you the chance to grab a coffee beforehand to help calm any nerves!
They really count! So whatever the job you’re applying for, always dress smartly and act professionally. Body language is just as important as what you say, so don’t forget to smile, make eye contact, sit up straight and ensure your body language is open i.e. don’t fold your arms!
If you need time to think about an answer or don’t understand the question asked, then ask the interviewer to repeat the question. It’s always better to understand the question and give a confident response than waffle on about something unrelated.
You’re at the interview so don’t waste the opportunity to really sell yourself and talk about how your skills and experience relate to this role. Having a positive, confident and energetic attitude will convey your enthusiasm for the job.
Manners and politeness don’t cost a thing and can get you get you a lot further than you think!
It may seem impossible when you’re feeling nervous, but this is where all your preparation should help! If you’re well prepared then you have nothing to be nervous about, so take deep breaths and try not to panic as it will affect your confidence.
If you don’t understand something it's okay to ask for clarification. Always ask if the employer would like to know anything else and likewise, if you need more information or clarity don’t be afraid to ask!
With a smile, a handshake and a thank you! At the end of the interview you may also want to confirm any next steps and when you are likely to hear back. After the interview, it is common practice to send a thank you letter or email, to thank the employer for the opportunity of an interview. This should be done immediately after the interview and you should also take the opportunity to summarise why you feel you are perfect for the position...remind them how great you are!
If after the interview you feel the job is not for you, then it is still polite to write and thank them for the opportunity. This will put you in good stead for if another vacancy comes up in the future that may suit you better.
A follow up call is essential – if you really want the job then making that call to let them know you’re still interested will make you stand out from the other candidates who don’t!