Helpful tips when attending a face to face interview
I hope everyone has had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. Its been a busy week in the office, with lots of new roles in (remember to check our ‘Jobs’ page). So we are all looking forward to a well deserved rest this weekend, although we do love having a busy office.
Face to face interviews. When you are offered an interview, it is an exciting time as it may lead to a potential new position for yourself, so you want to carry out the best interview that you can to stand out above the other candidates. Some people spend a good amount of time preparing for an interview and some people don’t necessary take enough time to prepare. Running over just a few reminders or techniques can make all the difference, so this week’s blog will be looking at helpful tips when attending a face to face interview.
We’ve put together some tips that you can follow when you are preparing for an interview:
First impressions are always important as the first time you meet someone you want them to remember you. Starting off with a hand shake can never go wrong, along with introducing yourself and being friendly.
When attending an interview it is also best to dress smart. Even if the interview is an informal chat, it is always better to dress smart than be under dressed.
Take your CV
It is not always a requirement to take your CV along to an interview, but it is handy to have your CV in front of you. The majority of the time the interviewer will have your CV in front of them, if they ask you a question referring to your CV, you can take a glance at your CV to help with your answer.
Many people get nervous before their interview and it may affect their performance. Just remember the interview is to get to know you and your skills/experience and you know yourself better than anyone else, so just remember to give plenty of examples and showcase your skills.
Knowing the background of the company you are interviewing at is always important. It not only looks good towards the interviewers to show that you are interested in the position, but being able to discuss specific aspects of that company when answering questions is a positive.
The interview is as much a place for you to find out more about the role as well as the interviewer learning more about you, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Rather than just preparing the generic questions that are asked at interview, prepare questions that will help you find out more about the position and that will make you stand out.
Take Notes/Make Notes
Along with your CV, you can take notes into an interview with you. If this is something you would find helpful, jot down some examples of projects you have worked on, or certain situations that you have been in which may help answer a question. Also when you get to the questions stage of the interview, jot down the answers to the questions you prepared, so if you are offered the position you can read over your notes and consider if the position is right for you.
Always end the interview thanking the interviewers for their time. Remember to ask the interviewer when they will be making a decision and when they will let you know the outcome.
If you have the email address of the interviewer, it can be polite to follow up with an email later that day to thank the interviewer for their time.
Hopefully taking onboard the tips mentioned above, it will give you a bit more confidence and allow you to be relaxed during your interview and perform your best. If you have any tips or any rituals that you carry out before or during interviews that work for you, let us know in the comments below.
Have a great weekend,