Ace The Interview
After putting the hard work in to the application process there is just one thing that stands in the way between you and your dream job. The interview.
Here at Authentic we are experienced interview coaches and will endeavour to give you everything you need to walk into the interview prepared and confident.
In the meantime here are some timeless tips that should help.
Dress Code: I wish we didn’t have to include such a basic piece of advice, but we do. When in doubt: Dress to impress.
Gentlemen: Full suit and tie, nothing too loud (stick to convention), Lace up and polished shoes if you have them. This is not the opportunity for you to show off a three year old wrist band from when you went to Glastonbury, or wear a shirt that your wife won’t be seen with you wearing.
Ladies: The same rule applies, dress smart, not too much bling or makeup. You’re not being assessed on your presentation but you don’t want it to get in the way.
Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed, ‘the clothes (don’t) make the man/woman’ but in that moment they communicate how much you care about yourself and the job role.
Nerves: Almost everyone gets nervous before and during interviews. It’s completely natural and always feels much worse than it looks. Remember that the adrenaline rushing through your body is actually ‘rocket fuel’ to help you communicate with passion. Recognise it is there and then use it to your advantage. Studies suggest that trying to ignore and repress nerves can make them worse.
Remember that an interview is just a conversation, an opportunity for you to talk about the role and your suitability for the role in more detail.
Questions: You will be asked if you have any questions at the end of the interview. This is your chance to become the interviewer. Interviewee’s who don’t ask questions will not come across as passionate or interested as their competition (and you will have competition). If this is your first interview this isn’t the time to grill them about the holiday allowance or ask about the minutiae of their pension scheme – it’s your opportunity to show interest and learn some interesting facts about the business.
Things to consider:
- What is the company’s plan for the future?
- What is the biggest challenge facing the business in the next year?
- If you got the role what would it take for you to really impress them in your first three months?
We’re full of advice and always happy to talk so for more tips give us a call. Below are some of our favourite clips that tell you how NOT TO perform in interview or on your first day.