Five Important things to Remember Before your Interview

Posted: 7th September 2015 11:18

Preparing for an interview can be both an exciting and daunting experience. What should you wear? How can you show the interviewers that you are the right person for the position? What can you do that will help ensure that they don’t forget you as soon as you walk out of their office door? These are the types of questions you should be asking yourself on the lead-up to your big interview. Here are five things to keep in mind before taking the plunge.

1. Company Research

In almost every interview in the history of existence, the employer will ask certain questions and your answers to these questions will depict how much or how little you know about the company you are interviewing to work for. If you show up to the interview with a vague idea of what the job entails and who the company actually are, there is little chance that you will have a successful interview. Instead, do enough research ahead of time and search on their website (if they have one) to learn as much as possible about the company because the more you learn about the business, the better prepared you will be for your interview.

2. Show Confidence

If you are applying for a job such as one in CCJM, you need to be able to show that you are confident enough for the job and that you can communicate well with others. Working for a call centre, for instance, will require you to be able to communicate over the phone with a clear and friendly voice. Potential customers are unlikely to purchase from you if you stumble over your words and show a lack of confidence and knowledge of the brand.

3. Look Presentable

Appearance will play a massive part in terms of someone who did well in the interview versus someone who got the job on the spot. This doesn’t mean that you have to show up in a ball gown or tuxedo, it simply means that you must show that you have made an effort and that you look presentable. According to www.businesstown.comsocial psychologists have concluded that it only takes 30 seconds to make a lasting first impression. A few of the factors that people take into consideration upon first meeting someone new is appearance, personality, sense of humour and education level etc.

4. Use Positive Body Language

Make sure that you make eye contact with the interviewers and don’t be afraid to smile, this will give the impression that you are both friendly, confident and happy to be there. Retail companies in particular are looking for people who are able to get along well with others such as employees and potential customers. Your body language often says more about you as a person than physical speech, so make sure to speak clearly, make eye contact, smile, shake hands firmly and only sit down if you have been told to do so.

5. Ask Questions

After the main interview has ended, the interviewer is likely to ask if you have any questions for them. This is your chance to prove that you are right for the job. Ask a great, memorable question that will instantly impress and will take you a step closer to gaining the position. According to www.retailchoice.comsome great examples of possible interview questions for the employers include: When you compare yourself to your competitors, what are your strengths and weaknesses? And what opportunities are there for advancement and training? Etc.