How to nail that job

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - with Jody Allen

YOU’VE ap­plied for the job and you’ve been called in for an in­ter­view – con­grat­u­la­tions. They are ob­vi­ously im­pressed with your ex­pe­ri­ence and skills and now it’s time to back it up with a stel­lar in­ter­view per­for­mance. Here are some ways you will smash it and im­press your in­ter­view­ers. ◗ Get a good night’s sleep: This might seem ob­vi­ous, but nerves def­i­nitely can keep us awake all night. You do not want to turn up tired and yawn through­out the in­ter­view. Plus you want to be on your A-game when an­swer­ing ques­tions, and tired­ness can in­ter­fere with that. ◗ Be well pre­sented: Find out what the com­pany’s dress code is be­fore go­ing to your in­ter­view. Although you want to match the rec­om­mended at­tire of the com­pany, if in doubt, go more for­mal than ca­sual. Don’t forget to take a shower, wear de­odor­ant, but skip the strong per­fume or cologne. If you wear make-up, keep it nat­u­ral. ◗ Prac­tise your hand­shake: A good hand­shake is firm, but not too strong. Try and match the per­son whose hand you are shak­ing as a good guide. Make sure your nails are clean and tidy. ◗ Be punc­tual: Aim to ar­rive at least 15 min­utes be­fore your in­ter­view time. If you are driv­ing, know ex­actly where you can park your car, or if you are tak­ing pub­lic trans­port, know how long it takes from the sta­tion/stop to where you will be in­ter­viewed. Be­ing a lit­tle early gives a good im­pres­sion and shows that you re­spect your in­ter­viewer’s time. ◗ Re­search the com­pany: You need to know a lit­tle about the com­pany be­fore you go in for an in­ter­view. Hav­ing no idea about what the com­pany does shows a lack of in­ter­est and ini­tia­tive. A quick read of the com­pany’s web­site, a Google search and so­cial me­dia search is easy to do. ◗ Be pre­pared: Be­fore the in­ter­view, re­view the job out­line and iden­tify any ar­eas where your skills may be weaker. This will give you the op­por­tu­nity to plan how to an­swer any tricky ques­tions and turn your weak­nesses around into strengths. It is so im­por­tant to know your re­sume/CV back to front.

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: stay­ath­ome­


◗ Con­grat­u­la­tions on land­ing a job in­ter­view – now it is time to nail it.

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