Check, check, double check!
In this case, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Before the interview, make sure you know the addresss you won't get lost and get late. Write down the address, because on the most important moments of our lives, our phones freeze or the batteries die... So just go old school and write it down, just in case. Also, always know who you should be asking for on the big day. Make sure to check everything before you leave the house for your interview.
Bring your stuff
Have a copy of your CV and application letter printed out and at the ready. Tip for the ladies: keep it folded in a pocket in your bag so you don't end up looking clumsy while digging through your bag in a state of panic. Have your stuff ready! Also bring a notebook and a pen so you can take notes. Coming well prepared and coming across organized will give them a professional impression. Them, yes, in many cases you will have the interview with more than one person.
Write down questions
Even when you don't have any questions, you will come across as genuinely interested in the job when you've got some questions written down. Things you could ask are 'What can you tell me about this job that isn't in the description?', 'How do people grow in this job?' or 'What are the most important skills for this job?'. Even if your questions already get answered during the interview, the employer will see that you came prepared.
Prepare for commonly asked questions too
Employers always like to get to know you, so be prepared to tell them a little something about yourself. You can tell them where you live and what your hobbies are, but there are more questions that could be asked that dig a little deeper. For example:
1. Why do you want to work / intern here?
2. Why should we hire YOU?
3. What do you expect this position to be like?
4. What’s your goal with this job / internship?
5. Tell me about some of your school involvements / skills and how they relate to this job.
It totally depends on the type of job you're going for, but dress well for the occasion. For a job in the fashion industry you can get away with pretty much anything, while other office jobs often require a more professional attire. Ladies and gentlemen: when in doubt, wear a plain blouse, a pair of neat jeans ( no holes and tears, please) classy shoes and a fitted blazer. Casual chic is always a safe choice. Also very important: always pick an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident!
And keep in mind...
It is totally normal to be nervous, it is not even a bad thing to admit that to the employer. He or she will appreciate your honesty and it breaks the ice way more than you forcing yourself to act normal while you're too nervous to function.When you come prepared and keep these tips in mind, you will be totally fine and you will ace that job interview!
Posted by Malu Swartjes, on 26 September 2016