Job interviews are an often daunting experience, but with the right planning and preparation they can be turned into a much smoother process, helping allay any nerves along the way.
Workplace experts LondonOffices.com has compiled a list of the top 10 things to help university graduates and jobseekers ace any interview and help land that dream job.
Chris Meredith, CEO of LondonOffices.com, said: “First impressions are vital to the success of your interview.
“You need to make sure you leave the interviewer feeling like they’ve found the best possible person for the role. To do this, it’s important to show off your skills and personality, and your passion and commitment to the role – and doing this means being as prepared as possible.
“If you desperately want the job, then you need to show it. Put 100 per cent commitment into your interview and it’ll pay off.
“To make sure your interview doesn’t crash and burn before it’s even begun, follow our ten-step guide to interview success.”
The top 10 tips include:
1. Do your research
Always do some extensive research on the company before you attend the interview. It’s also important that you research the people who will be interviewing you too. If you don’t know who they are, then ask. Displaying some good knowledge about their professional background can make a great first impression.
2. Ask for essential information
It’s important you are aware of the type of interview you are having. If you are not told, then you need to ask. You should also ask how long the interview is and the exact location of the interview (street name, office number, floor of building). This will allow you to plan the interview day thoroughly in advance.
3. Be punctual
Aim to arrive about 10 minutes before the time that has been arranged. Remember to also bring a notepad just in case you need to write anything down during the interview.
4. Practice your handshake
One thing that can put an employer off is a limp or lifeless handshake. Be confident when shaking your future employer’s hand. Have a good grip and make strong eye contact – this will present you as being a confident and able person.
5. Dress appropriately
The words ‘dress for success’ come to mind when you are heading to an interview. The general rule is to dress in a conservative fashion, with polished shoes and well-groomed hair.
6. Show enthusiasm and interest
If you feel the role is perfect for you, always remember to tell the interviewer that you’re very interested in the job. You should also inform the interviewer that they can email or phone you if they think of any additional questions.
7. Don’t offer negative information about yourself
Even if you are being self-depreciating – never offer negative information about yourself. Don’t give the interviewer anything that would make them think badly of you. Stay positive at all costs.
8. Ask questions
During the interview, remember to ask plenty of intelligent questions about the job and industry, to show you’re interested in the role. Asking questions will also help determine whether the company would be the right place for you to work.
9. Don’t inquire about benefits
Don’t inquire about holidays, bonuses, pensions or other benefits until you have received a job offer. There’s plenty of time to do that if you get the job.
10. Ask about the next steps in the hiring process
It’s important to ask who you need to stay in touch with after the interview and it’s good if you can get their contact details while you’re there. You should also inquire as to when you can expect to hear back from them after the interview.