What do I do to prepare?
Talk to yourself! The best way to prepare for an interview is to ask yourself some common questions, such as ‘why do you think you’re right for this job?’. Better still, if you can get a friend or parent to ask you questions, they might be able to give you feedback on how to improve. Getting some form of practice will leave you confident when faced with answering the same or similar questions in the actual interview.
Do your research! Some employers will ask what you know about their company. For example, for a department store, you might be asked what range of items they sell and who their target market is. Most of which can be found online. So, you have no reason to not ace these types of questions.
What should I wear?
First impressions count. The moment you walk through the doors, you will be judged, and that’s why appearance is key. Go for a formal look even if you think the job doesn’t require their employees to dress that way. In this case, it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Make sure your clothes are ironed and crease free. Don’t forget about your shoes! Make sure they are clean and give them a quick polish if you have to. Remember workplaces are a professional environment, therefore keep all underwear hidden. No one wants or needs to see your boxers, plunging neckline or bra straps. If you’re wearing makeup, try to keep it as natural as possible.
Guys, the hems of your trousers should stop at the top of the soles of your shoes and girls, if you’re wearing heels, the trouser hem should stop just before the floor. If you choose to wear flats, then the trouser hem should cover most of the shoe.
Interview top tips:
- Save the interviewer’s contact details in your phone in case you’re running late and need to let them know.
- Be yourself. Most employers will want to get to know you to see how you will fit in with their current team. However, don’t forget to still be professional.
- Get there early! It shows you’re good at time management and you’re motivated.
- Be nice to everyone. Whether it’s the receptionists, the cleaner or your employer-to-be. It’s important to be polite.
- Ask questions. Normally at the end of the interview, you’ll be asked if you have any questions. Don’t shy away from this opportunity. Asking questions, such as ‘where can I progress after working with the company for 6 months’ shows you’re actually serious about the job and not just the money.