We totally understand interviews are nerve racking especially if it is your first. You have to think about an interview like it is your first and last chance to prove to these people that you are the candidate they are looking for. That’s kind of just it!
Coby Philips want to make sure you have all the employers boxes ticked so that’s why we have come up with 10 top tips on how to impress the employer on your interview. Let’s begin!
You need to do as much research on not only the role you are interviewing for but also the company itself. Once you know the company to the best of your knowledge your nerves and anxiety will drop dramatically, simply because you have nothing to worry about. You’re covered!
It is quite obvious that you would not turn up at a formal corporate interview dressed in a full tracksuit or jeans and T-shirt but you’ll be surprised, it happens. If you are the best person for the job then prove it and dress your best. You’d rather be over dressed then under. Wear a full suit with a tie or a formal black dress and be sure to wear smart shoes.
When we say be early we don’t mean too early you should revolve your morning around your interview time, they are expecting you at a certain time, sick to it. We’d say arrive there 10-15 minutes early so you can prepare yourself and calm down before you head in. Arriving early shows that you are super keen and very serious about obtaining this role.
Turn your phone off.
Do you really want to be in that awkward situation where you are so close to winning over your employee, giving everything you’ve got and then your phone vibrates or even worse, makes a noise. Turn it off as soon as you are about to walk through their doors. It’s not only distracting, it is very, very unprofessional.
A firm handshake.
Yes, a firm handshake could be the difference between you being successful or unsuccessful. Don’t be sloppy, grab that interviewers hand and shake it. Do not forget to stand up while doing so aswell, it is polite and professional. A firm handshake shows that you are both confident and capable, but don’t overdo it. The last thing you want to do is cause your interviewer an injury.
Once again, an interview is scary but there is no need to look moody about it, they are not going to want a negative person in the office and this is what they’ll will think of you if you don’t smile. Smiling is free! Smile as you meet your interviewer and give full eye contact. This way you will make them feel comfortable with you.
This one is quite self-explanatory. Don’t slouch, sit up straight, nod whilst they’re talking and always keep eye contact. As soon as the interviewer recognises that you aren’t interested, it’s difficult to win them back over.
If appropriate during the interview write plenty of notes that you think might be useful. This also shows the interviewer that you’re fully focused on what they’re saying.
Make sure your CV is up to date firstly, but also take a copy for yourself and the interviewer. Carry it in a professional looking case or cover. This shows pride in your work so far. If you want to know how to write a killer CV we have a blog post about it in our previous posts and we also have a YouTube video for you to take a look at! Follow the link below!
It is essential that you ask questions at the end of the interview. Have at least 5 prepared and any other that pop into your head at the end are also fine. You need to keep the interviewer talking. The more questions you ask, the better it reflects on you.