How well do you do at interviews?
It is essential that you perform your best at that all important face-to-face meeting with your prospective employer.
Interviews can be very nerve-wracking. However, you should always remember that the client is already interested in you as a potential employee, since they have seen your CV - the hardest bit is over!
Here are a few tips that might help you to do your best in an interview.
• Always find out well in advance exactly where the interview is, and how to get there. You can use TFL, Streetmap, or AA Routeplanner to help you plan your journey.
• Double check the address and directions. Look up the correct tube, bus, BR connections and timetables, and check and allow for any delays.
• Be clear for which position you are being interviewed and, if possible, do some research about your future employer; it shows you are keen and will add to your confidence. If you are applying through The Graduate Recruitment Company you will receive a thorough briefing
• Make every effort with your personal presentation and always look very smart - a suit is usually the appropriate dress for most positions.
• Make sure you have a copy of your CV and references to give to the interviewer (it's a good idea to take these in a folder so they are kept neat and tidy).
• If you cannot attend the interview, call immediately to give as much notice as possible and a more appropriate date and time can be scheduled. Don't just fail to turn up - whatever the reason - at least call.
• Aim to arrive 5-10 minutes early, but no earlier; it can be annoying and leave you 'stewing' for too long. If you arrive too early, have a coffee somewhere. Don't be put off by the outside of a company's building - appearances can be deceiving.