Just a few helpful tips before you go to that big interview. Don't worry it will be okay, just stay confident, be true to yourself and give don't sell yourself short! Below are a few tips on what you should keep in mind and how you should engage in different situations.
Keep records of all the companies you have done interviews with and the ones which you have send CV's to while hunting for online jobs . It's difficult to place a company when they mail you out of the blue and ask you if you still want that job you mailed them about? Which happened to my friend after asking the company who they were after applying for a dozen media jobs .
With a record you can flip to the company and peruse your notes, giving you an advantage. Writing down important information such as the address, fax number, contact number and any other valuable piece of information you can get your hands on (like the Boss’s name) can only help.
Write down the progress of each application. “Mailed”, ”Pending” and “Success” are usually good ones to use and very descriptive.
Dress smartly, rather be over dressed than under dressed.
Don’t drink coffee during the interview if you have a weak bladder.
Coffee usually makes you jittery; rather ask for water if offered.
Only offer your services if you truly want the job and believe you can contribute in its growth.
Do not falsify your CV, it might get you the job now, but will definitely get you in trouble later.
Contact the interviewer at least an hour before if you truly cannot make the interview, have a good reason.
Manners are always a plus, be polite and courteous.
Don’t party hard before an interview, you’ll most likely smell of alcohol and wont be able to think straight.
Things you should take with you to an interview.
You should have an early start before the interview to make sure that you have everything in place. Take your transcript, references, portfolio, performance letters (form previous companies you worked for) and most important your resume. Try not to take your original copies with you because the interviewer would most likely keep them to look at them afterwards. They only skim your CV when busy with the interview. You should remember to take a notepad and pen with you to jot down any important information they might give you (as in the next meeting details)
The four sections of an interview:
When going in for the interview you’ll notice (after reading this advice column) that most interviews fall into some kind of routine (or sections as we like to call them).
- The Introduction
During the “introduction” the employer will use the first few minutes of the interview, to create a comfortable, friendly environment so that a meaningful conversation can follow. A mutual topic of discussion such as the weather, sports, or a major news story, etc., will normally be pursued.
- The Employer Sell
The "employer sell" will cover organizational structure, products or services, geographical location(s), specifics on the position under consideration, salary (usually not discussed during an initial interview), benefits, etc.
- The Candidate sell
The "candidate sell" is the time spent answering questions about your goals and qualifications and demonstrating your communication skills.
- And the closing
During the "closing", both parties should indicate their level of interest in the other and understand what the next steps to be taken will be.