How To Land Your Dream Job – On The Day

by / Monday, 05 November 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

The day of your interview has arrived. Hopefully you’ve read our tips on interview preparation and you are confident and well prepared. The day of an interview can be quite nerve wracking and there are some ways to minimise this, so you are as stress free as possible.

 

Before you leave

Make sure you have everything you need and are fully prepared.

  1. Dress to impress – hopefully you’ve laid out a suitable outfit in advance. Make sure that everything is clean, ironed and that you look smart.
  2. Pick up – a bottle of water, your pen and notepad and any notes you’ve made, money (especially coins if you need to pay to park), Photo ID (passport or driving license), any material the company has sent you, your CV Copies and anything else the company has requested you bring with you.
  3. Food – Make sure you eat something before your interview, ideally something healthy, it would be very embarrassing to have your stomach grumble during the interview.
  4. Drink – Plenty of water and try to avoid too much caffeine as this can make you fidgety.

Getting there

Traffic is unpredictable, it’s important to know where you are going and how long it will take you.

  1. Be early – around 5 or 10 minutes early is ideal. This leaves you time to take a few deep breaths and read through your notes. Try not to be any earlier than this as it can cause the interviewer to panic and rush.
  2. Know where you are going – if you’ve practiced the route before great. If not, make sure your sat nav is working and that you can follow it easily.
  3. Mobile – make sure that your mobile is charged up and any phone numbers are either saved to your phone or written down, just in case you need to contact the interviewer.
  4. Transport – Check that you have fuel or that you know schedules of public transport.

Before you go in

Just before you go in do the following:

  1. Revise – Use the spare time to read through your notes. If there is reading material available where you are waiting that promotes the company, have a look through this.
  2. Smile – Remember that everyone you encounter you need to impress, be polite and smile.
  3. Take a deep breath – This can help calm nerves and will allow you to focus on something other than the upcoming interview
  4. It may seem silly but – visit the facilities before your interview. A full bladder is a distraction you should avoid.

During the interview

Most importantly, be yourself but the following should help keep you focused:

  1. Don’t speak too fast – when people are in a pressured situation, its easy to start speaking faster, try to remember to speak slowly and clearly. Take a few seconds after the interviewer has asked a question to compose your answer – it’s not a quick-fire quiz round.
  2. Take notes – this shows you are very keen and will help you to revisit the interview later if you are invited to a second interview.
  3. Body language & Smile– Your body language says a lot about you and the interviewer will be reading this too. Don’t slouch or fold your arms. Give a firm handshake before and after your interview. Maintain eye contact. Smiling makes you appear friendly and approachable. It also helps you to sound enthusiastic.
  4. Enthusiasm and positivity – both come across from you when you speak to someone. By being enthusiastic and positive you are showing that you are confident in yourself, something that is very important. It shows that you are interested in the company and the role.

 

Check back on the 26th November for our next step to finding your Dream Job.

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