Interview advice

• It’s important that you send your potential employer the right message. In general, the candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt. This is the first and sometimes the only time you will meet them before they fill the position, so you need to not only show them your personality, but also give them a sense of why you should be their top pick amongst all the other applicants.

• Turn off your phone before meeting with your interviewer. There is nothing worse than an awkward pause because you have to rummage in your pocket or bag to silence your phone. Turning your phone on vibrate can even be a little distracting — especially if it vibrates in your pocket and distracts you.

• Arrive early and plan your route in advance. We suggest 10-15 minutes early. Any earlier, and you might be sitting around awkwardly waiting. Sometimes, you will have to fill out forms or another application before the meeting, and arriving early will allow you to have time to do that without taking time away from the interview. You never want to be rushing into a meeting at the last minute.

• Memorise you CV. Don’t assume that certain sections on your CV will never be asked about. An interviewer has studied you for some time and will ask you questions about each line on your CV, even if you think the information is irrelevant. Furthermore, rehearse examples of specific achievements from each job listed so that you can easily re-call information without tripping up.

• Prepare and ask questions. In any standard interview, you will be asked, “Do you have any questions for me?” This is your time to see if the company is the right fit for you. Do research before hand, visit the company website and research the history of the business, write down questions that you have for the interviewer.

Good Luck and remember proper preparation is the key to a succesful interview.

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