After all the work you put in to your CV, hopefully the next step will be you are invited for an interview. This is your chance to sell your skills face to face, and just as importantly, get a good look at the employer to see the company environment, offices and indeed the people who already work there.
The better prepared you are for the interview, the less daunting it will appear and the better your chances of making a favourable impression.
Prior to the Interview
- Do as much research as possible, look at their company website. Get a good understanding of what they do and how the company market themselves.
- Check you know where the offices are and allow yourself plenty of time to get there and park if need be.
- If getting there by public transport make sure you know how to get there and you allow yourself to arrive in plenty of time.
- Make sure you know the names and titles of the people you are meeting.
- Mentally prepare yourself for the type of questions they will ask and have some answers thought out.
- Try not to smoke before you go in as will make your smart clothes smell and perhaps not give the best first impression.
Making the right Impression
Whilst the first impression will not get or loose you the position, it can go along way to cementing the outcome. Statistics show that 93% of employers make the hiring decision in the first 7 minutes of any interview. The rest of the interview is spent confirming this decision.
So confirming the importance that should be placed on making a strong first impression and appearance are as helpful and reflective of you as possible.
Some basic rules for dressing correctly and making the best possible first impression are,
- Wear a business like suit, conservative in colour.
- Wear clean and unscuffed shoes.
- Make sure your clothes are ironed.
- Make sure perfume and aftershave is kept to a minimum.
- Hair is clean and neatly styled.
- Jewellery is either removed or kept to a minimum.
- Try not to chew gum during the interview.
- Make sure your mobile is switched off or at least on silent.
- Maintain good eye contact when possible.
Ending the Interview
At the end of the interview chances are the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions, do not be daunted by this, use this as a chance to show the research you have done and sell your skills and ambition.
Ask relevant questions about the company, its background, the role you are applying for and the possible future of the role and organisation.
Some other questions you could use if appropriate are,
- What do you see as being the biggest challenge of this role?
- What attracted you to the company when you joined?
- What training and development opportunities are there?
- What skills are you looking for in the right person for this role?
- What is the team like that I will be working in?
- What are the typical working hours expected for this position?
- Where could I be in 3 years if successful in doing this role?
- When are you looking for the right person to start
When you have ended the interview, contact your consultant at Atlas Employment and let them know how the interview went, your thoughts on then role and company and how things are expected to move forward from there.