If you have ever been in a position where you’ve applied for over 100 jobs and you finally get an interview, you know that it’s an exciting time. You are ready to work and you’re finally going to be able to, and yet it’s the most nervous you’ve felt in a very long time. There is adrenaline and worry, doubt, and an incessant need to impress and each of these emotions is ricocheting around your body at high speed.
You need to be able to relax and ensure that you get this job, and that means being as prepared as possible for the interview process. You may not know whether you have a panel interview or you are going in for a one-to-one, but you will be able to relax and feel confident in your ability to get the job when you go through the tips below.
They Already Like You. Before we go into all of the tips, you need to remember this most important one: they already like you. Among the hundreds of applications they received, they chose you to see them. They like your experience, they like your qualifications. They just need to clarify that they like you, so they’ve invited you in. You already have a foot in the door because of this! The interview is a professional process, so let’s relax: they know what you can do.
Look The Part. You should never turn up to an interview in jeans – even for fast food work. No matter how casual the office or the position, you need to think about the impression you give off. Choose to see the best barber and get your hair sorted, pay for a shave, too! Press your clothes and dry clean your jacket and make sure that you have everything sorted for your outfit. Go ahead and shine your shoes, too. This is a professional place – you need to look professional to make a great impression.
Do Some Research. Your interviewer is going to ask you what you know about them, and you need to research before you get there. Not doing the research shows a lack of preparation on your part, and you should know the specific role you are applying to and the goals of the business, too. If they’re a charitable business, point this out when you get there – congratulate them on any awards and ask them what their future plans are.
Remember, You’re Interviewing THEM. You are not alone in this process and you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. So, you should make sure that you are appraising them; are they offering you enough money? Are they the type of people you want to see everyday? Are their rules too strict? You need to be happy in your work and this should be your priority.
With the right look, the right research, and the right intentions, you’re going to nail this interview and get the job of your dreams. Best of luck!