As the job market starts to gather pace, we are being asked more frequently for help and advice when it comes to the interview process. None of us is under any illusion how stressful these interviews can be, so we thought you may find some hints and tips from our team of recruiters helpful.
Here are our 3 top tips to make sure you are giving your best performance on the day of your Interview:
It does not matter if you are having a formal or an informal interview, you will still want to make sure you are wearing professional clothing to ensure the interviewer knows you are serious about this role. After all, it takes 7 seconds for someone to form an opinion of you and how you dress will speak volumes!
For men, a black, navy or grey suit teamed with a light coloured shirt with or without a tie and smart dark polished shoes will give you a professional image. Women can also wear suits or mix and match jackets with trousers or skirts. A smart dress is also a consideration teamed with a jacket and make sure that your shoes have an appropriate heel height. Clothes should fit well, be clean and pressed and for those of you with furry friends, a once over with a lint roller wouldn’t go a miss!
Hair should be neat and well-groomed. Women may prefer to tie their hair back to prevent it from falling in their face or touching it too often. Men, make sure you wash and trim any facial hair so you look neat and tidy and not showing any signs of last night’s pizza and both men and women should have neat, clean nails. Ladies, chipped nail polish is a no-no and keep your make up minimal and natural.
This is so important. Your CV has landed you the interview, now you need to do your homework on the company you are interviewing for.
Take a look at the company website, especially the ‘about’ section that will tell you more about their history, mission statement, culture and ethos. You need to demonstrate that you are culturally the right fit for them and that your values match theirs.
We always think it is useful to think about and prepare a few insightful questions that you can ask the interviewer. One of our favourites mirrors a common question that candidates are asked – ‘where do you see yourself in five years?’. Asking this of a company shows that you are interested in a long-lasting career with them, not just a stop-gap job.
You are more than just your CV. Of course, the interviewer wants to know about your past experiences, your achievements and what you have found difficult/rewarding in previous roles, but don’t be afraid to show them who you are as a person.
Make sure you are relaxed but professional throughout your interview. Show them how enthusiastic you are about the position and talk to them about your goals and what you want to achieve. Don’t be afraid to talk about your family if you have one or what inspires and motivates you in life!
Just be yourself!