The first 30 seconds of a job interview are very important. Here are a few helpful tips on what to expect and how to prepare for your job interview.
Job Interview checklist
1. Make sure you double check the time, date and location of your job interview
2. Plan your route the day before, eg if you are being interviewed for a job in Chichester you could get a route map from Google maps so you can pin point the place to be before hand, or even make a trip there the day before to avoid any stress on the day
3. Research the job and company before the interview, a few minutes spent typing the company’s name into Google will be time very well spent. Read the company’s about us page and any news articles you can find. Your interviewer will be impressed if you have some understanding of the company and its background
4. Re read through the job advertisement to remind yourself what the job involves and what the recruiter is looking for
5. Re read through your CV and have a good think about exactly why you think you’d be good for this job
Look Good, Feel Better
Rightly or wrongly, looks can make a difference, be smart and look professional. Think about the company you are applying to – how do your potential future colleagues dress for work? If you already look the part then you’re on the way to fitting in at your desired new job!
Be on time!
Always keep in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure you’re prepared. Aim to arrive 20-25 minutes before your interview time, that way if your bus is late or you get stuck in traffic you’ll still arrive on time. If you arrive early, you could wait nearby at a cafe or have a short walk round the area thinking about what you plan to say in your interview. Aim to report to reception exactly 10 minutes before your scheduled interview time.
Look them in the eyes and smile
Eye contact is one of the most important aspects while on your interview and can make a significant difference in how you present yourself. If you look away when speaking to someone, you are viewed as lacking confidence or not interested or being dishonest. So always answer the question with eye contact, and without glaring.
Be enthusiastic and positive
During your job interview always be enthusiastic. Do not be negative or mention any bad points about previous employers. Focus on positive achievements and views, always smile and be attentive.
What not to do in your job interview
As well as preparing for what you should do on a job interview, whether it’s a part time job or that perfect next step on the career ladder, it is just as important that you know what not to do.