10 Ace minutes Your to… interview
Top tips to help you bag your dream job in National Careers Week (6-12 March)é
1 Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail knowing the company and its values is important, but having extra details up your sleeve will impress. Look for recent projects they might have been working on and try to find common ground. Careers coach Alice Stapleton explains: ‘I always tell clients to research interviewers. this shows curiosity and initiative.’
2 Questions, Questions… Curveball questions (such as ‘Where does your boss think you are right now?’) are inevitable. Make a list and start preparing – but don’t recite answers. ‘Canned answers get in the way of letting the employer find out who you are,’ says James Reed, author of Why You?: 101 Interview Questions You’ll Never Fear Again. ‘Firms don’t hire CVS, they hire people.’
3 First Impressions Count ‘Be confident, open-minded and friendly,’ says Alice. ‘Shake hands with the interviewers and ask for their names and their roles.’ According to job search website workopolis.com, you should never take coffee, a rival company’s product or a shopping bag into an interview. ‘It makes it look like the interview is just something you’re fitting in.’
4 Turn Negatives Into Positives According to the National Careers Service, positivity is essential: ‘If you’re asked about being made redundant, describe how you’ve responded positively since. If you’ve been out of work for a long time, describe any positive steps you’ve taken such as voluntary work, courses, [or] industry events.’ 5 Think Carefully About Your Outfit ‘Get a sense of the company’s style and approach by searching online,’ says Alice. ‘Interviewers like to see you’ve made an effort and that the interview is important to you, so aim to be immaculate.’ According to Careerbuilder. com, blue and black are the most recommended colours to wear, while opting for white is likely to be associated with being organised.
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