Being invited for an interview can be a very daunting, but exciting experience for most people. Trying to remember all of the information you’ve spent the last week reciting over and over again can be a hard task, especially if you let your nerves get the better of you. By having some effective and easy processes in place, it won’t actually be as hard as you think.
So, if you’ve have received a call back, or just browsing, indulge in these professional interview tips and you’ll be a part of the team in no time!
- Preparation is key!
- There is nothing worse than arriving at your interview having not researched the company beforehand. A common interview question to get started will be around what you already know about the company, and any clients/news or important information that may be on their website.
- Always make sure you do your background research, including the history of the company and any key dates that are upcoming.
- Practice makes perfect!
- Utilise friends and family. Ask them to participate in a number of mock style interviews, covering a range of situations, both competency and scenario-based. These can vary from simply explaining your strengths and weaknesses, to having to provide examples of when you have performed in a certain way in a previous role, such as answering and dealing with a telephone call if it was a receptionist role.
- This may feel embarrassing at the time – but the more you practice, the more perfect and confident you will be in that interview!
- Time management is paramount!
- Make sure you plan your route to the interview destination and check local train delays or traffic updates. As simple as this sounds, there are a number of people who turn up late for an interview and first impressions are everything.
- If you are unsure of the location, there is no harm in calling the company to find out the best way to get there. If anything, it shows that you are taking extra initiative to ensure you are on time.
- Dress to impress!
- As previously mentioned, first impressions count. It is a popular belief that people will make an opinion of you, within the first 7 seconds of meeting you. This being said, it is always important to dress accordingly depending on the company and job role you are applying for.
- Overall though, don’t overthink it and if you are really worried, don’t forget you can always ask. It’s better to be overdressed, than underdressed.
- Ask those questions!
- Asking questions shows you are not only interested in the company, but that you are proactive and care about your potential future within that role.
- Always try and think of 5 key questions to ask at the end of the interview. Some of these may have already been answered throughout this interview, so having 5 prepared means you have back-ups.
- By asking these questions, you can gain further insight into the company, as well as the person who may be managing you. Remember, it’s just as important for you to ask questions in an interview as it is for them.
- Lastly, keep calm and relax!
- Take a deep breath before you walk in, always ask for some water (if you are not already offered) and have a positive mental attitude.
- Going to an interview is a stressful experience for most, so remember you are not the only one who may be nervous!
"If you are unsure of the location, there is no harm in calling the company to find out the best way to get there. If anything, it shows that you are taking extra initiative to ensure you are on time."
Getting the job of your dreams is life-changing, so make sure you follow these simple tips to secure that all important role. If you have prepared as much as you could have, nothing should stand in your way. These tips have come from our own personal experiences and we hope you found them helpful.
Good luck and smash that interview!
If you are looking for your next role, visit us on our recruitment open day on the 14th June. Register your interest here: https://recruitmentday.drpgroup.com/
By Olivia Blackstock – PR & Social Media Executive and Winnie Ellis-Hall – Admin Assistant