Hello again !
I know that many of you are looking for part-time jobs or are graduating this July (eeek)! Therefore, I thought it would be great to put some interview tips together to help you get through the nerve wracking stage of the job application.
- Always prepare!
Whatever company the job interview is for, make sure you do your research on that company. You can do this by looking at their website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. When you speak to the interviewer, it is good to know extra facts about the company to show that you have a keen interest in them and the job.
- Dress appropriately for the interview
If the job is very formal, for example an office job, then make sure you dress smartly. Boys could dress in suits and girls in a smart dress, skirt or trousers and maybe a blazer. However, if the job is less formal, for example a part-time job in a fashion store, then they might like you to dress fashionably so that they can see you have an interest in fashion. However, always try and look neat, tidy and presentable.
- Be prepared to talk about the skills and experiences that you have had
Employers are always keen to know what you can bring to the job and how you will benefit the company. Skills such as leadership, communication, team work, organisation, and time keeping are some good basic examples to prepare. Experiences such as previous jobs, volunteer work or experiences relating to your academic work are good to talk about so that employers know that you are able to work in particular environments.
- Be ready to ask a question about the job
At the end of the interview employers tend to ask if you have any questions about the job. This is your chance to find out anything you wish, as you also want to make sure that you will be comfortable within the role. It also doesn’t look great if you don’t have any further interest in the job, or company itself. Try to think of at least three questions to ask.
- Don’t turn up late to the interview
It is really important to be on time and is best to turn up a few minutes early. This shows that you have good time management skills, otherwise the employer may think that you could turn up to work late due to not being organised.
- Don’t worry
The more you worry, the less confident you will come across in the interview. Many jobs require confidence, therefore you need to make sure you put this across in the interview and sell yourself.
- Be careful of what you post on social networking sites
Many employers search you name either on Google or social networking sites. If there are inappropriate comments/photos then it will not put a good impression of yourself across to the employer. LinkedIn is a really good social networking site to become a part of. It shows employers your education and exactly what skills and experience you have.
I hope these basic tips help! Good luck in any interviews and jobs that you may have lined up! 🙂