5 TIPS TO STRIVE FOR THE PERFECT INTERVIEW
Prepare your appearance the day prior to the interview, making certain your clothes are clean and pressed, and your hair is well kept. The interviewer will make an immediate assessment of you within seconds based on your appearance. If you are dressed inappropriately you will have to work hard to undo a bad first impression.
Arrive 10 minutes early for your interview and, if possible, visit the building the day before if you are unsure where it is. Turn your mobile phone off before the interview and bring several copies of your C.V. in case the interviewer hasn’t brought a copy of their own or there is more than one interviewer. (You can download a template C.V. here.)
KNOW YOUR OWN C.V.
The interviewer will want to ask you about your sales figures, duties and dates of employment. Make sure you are certain of each detail of your C.V. Be realistic and honest.
BE PREPARED FOR ‘SMALL TALK’
The interview will normally consist of some small talk. Be relaxed and informal, but professional, and remember that you are making a first impression so limit how much personal information you divulge that isn’t necessary to the interview. Avoid jargon, colloquialisms and over familiarity. Remember you are addressing a potential employer not a friend with whom you are familiar.
MAKE A POSITIVE IMPRESSION
Remain positive about your current employer and colleagues. Making disparaging remarks will not leave the right impression. Make sure your reasons for leaving are positive; a promotion or a change of direction, justify your career change rationally.