People can often complicate interviews, so much so that you are too nervous too even go on the big day. But really, to succeed, there only 5 five things you need to take with you…
Homework about the company
The employer always wants you to lay down the groundwork, so showing that you can show initiative and take an interest in what the company provides is always a great start. Remember, an interviewer won’t fight your corner, they might have hundreds of other candidates to go through, so making sure that you put all your knowledge in front of them on the day will put you above other applicants.
Sometimes, the face of your CV may not show everything that you can do for a company, or more likely the employer may have only scanned your CV for key skills.
But if there are things you have just taken up, perhaps a hobby or even better a training course, the employer won’t know. So, it is important to tell them all the skills you have, with an idea of how you can relate them to the role.
Example of success
Employers love to hear examples of you doing great things in the workplace. Without knowing you fully, it’s the best way get an impression of how you will work at the company and can help the interviewer build a good image of you.
Good attitude and flexible
A poor attitude is one of the most memorable things for an interviewer because if you say the wrong thing, it can offend them which is worse than not saying anything at all. To avoid this, make sure you know exactly what you want to get across before you go in, and don’t deviate from the plan too much.
Employers are constantly looking for someone that they can trust like a friend. If you know you can do a job better than anyone else in the world, but you can only work half the time, then guess what you will probably be pushed out by another willing candidate.
Be polite, to everybody – it’s so important but hardly ever mentioned.
Even when first meeting the receptionist about your appointment, make sure you smile and greet them with kindness. You never know, the interviewer and the receptionist may be very close, they may carshare, they may speak to each other daily and so you should do your best to leave them both with a lasting impression otherwise it could come back to bite you!