Attending an interview will make you feel nervous , but read these tips, practice as much as you can and you’ll feel more prepared than you do now.
RESERCH THE COMPANY
Go onto the website or ask someone who knows the company. What services or products do they offer? What are the kinds of jobs they have available? Show your interest in the company so that you can convince them you are the right candidate for the job.
ARRIVE EARLY FOR THE INTERVIEW
- Wake up early and allow yourself extra time to get to the interview in case you experience bad traffic or transport delays.
- Make sure that have directions to the venue where the interview is being held.
- Keep the company phone number on you so that you can make contact if you are late or get lost.
- Remember PUCTUALITY IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT in the world of work.
- Take all your DOCUMENTS with you. Your CV, certified copies of your ID, matric certificate, reference letters.
DRESS APPROPRIATELY AND PROFFESSIONALLY
You must dress smartly for an interview, but this does not mean that you should go out and buy expensive clothes. Dress as smart as you afford to and don’t shy to borrow clothes. The goal is to look presentable and professional so that employer has great first impression of you. DRESS FOR SUCCESS
SWITCH YOUR CELLPHONE OFF
Switch off before you go into the interview room. If you forget to do this DO NOT answer your phone during the interview. If your phone does ring, apologies and ask if you can turn it off. Do not play with your phone during interview.
MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
Make eye contact and smile as you enter the interview room. Give a firm BUSSINESS handshake (if they offer their hand) and greet appropriately. Even though it is disrespectful in some cultures to make eye contact with a person who is more senior than you, it is important in the business world to do so.
REMEMBER AUNT AGNES:
Attitude (Confident body posture, sitting straight up, dont fold your arms, positive facial expression)
Grooming (Dress for work, look appropriate and professional)
Neatness (Neat hair, nails, clothes, shoes)
Energy (No energy no job, show interest, enthusiasm and excitement – the best day of your life attitude)
Smile (Show your positive attitude, friendliness and warmth)
SPEAK CLEARLY,FIRMLY AND AUDIBLY
If you speak too softly or fast it might give the impression that you are not confident. Use formal vocabulary and proper grammar. Don’t use slang or swear words. Avoid “umm”
Listen to the whole question before you answer. If you dont understand the question, ask the interviewer to rephrase or explain the question. It is better to ask when tou are uncertain than to give the wrong answer because you didnt understand the question properly.
TRY TO STAY CALM AND RELAXED
Breath deeply and slowly to calm yourself down. Think positive encouraging thoughts. Remember techniques to reduce your anxiety such as the shake – out before you go into the interview.
REHEARSE AND PRACTISE
Thin about what you want to say about yourself. Get a friend or a family member to ask you questions and practice your answers in English. The more you practice the more confident and better prepared you will be for the interview. PRACTISE YOUR ENGLISH through speaking English and listening to English radio and TV.
AT THE END OF AN NTERVIEW
Shake the interviewers hand only if they offer it, smile and make eye contact. Remember to thank the interviewer for his or her time and consideration.
BELEIVE IN YOURSELF AND VISUALISE YPURSELF BEING SUCCESSFUL
The fact that you have been asked to go for an interview indicates that you have what it takes. All you need to do is to prove yourself in the interview so that the interviewer can see your potential and wants to hire you. Be confident , engaging and humble.
Every single interaction that you have from time you are invited for the interview up until you leave is part of the assessment process. That includes the phone call, interactions with the security guards, cleaners, receptionists and any other person who is employed there.
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