Job interviews are one of the most important aspects of the recruitment process and for those entering the workforce for the first time, being put on the spot by a prospective employer may be a bit nerve-racking.
Perhaps you have just completed a school-based apprenticeship or maybe you are looking for an entry level job, whatever your situation is there are some key tips that can help anyone on the hunt for employment.
Dressing for success
First impressions are made within the first minute of meeting someone so your appearance will speak volumes at a job interview. Dressing appropriately for the work environment is essential – if you don’t look the part, it is unlikely you will be considered for it.
Your time to shine
Honing your interview technique is vital – remember this is your time to shine. Practice some responses to a few key questions likely to come up such as why did you apply for the job? Why are you qualified for the position? What skills do you have to bring into the company?
Conducting a few practice interviews with a friend or family member can help you prepare for the meeting. Having a good idea of how the meeting will pan out, and what your responses will be, will help calm your nerves too.
Know your stuff
Read up on the business before you enter the interview so that you have a good understanding of what it is they do. It can also prompt you to ask some questions at the end, which is always welcomed by the prospective employer.