Interview Tips That Will Get You The Job
Alliance Learning are now working in partnership with Working Wardrobe, a company which tackles the barrier that many unemployed men and women face today, lacking the suitable clothing to wear in order to make a good first impression at the interview. On referral, by companies such as Alliance Learning, the candidate will receive a one to one appointment at the store based in Bolton town centre, choosing an outfit and accessories to keep at no cost to them.
We want to give everyone the best possible chance of making the best first impression to be successful in getting that job, which is why we have put together the following blog with other helpful tips that will help even the most inexperienced interviewees to shine:
Research the nature of the role, the company and the marketplace they operate in. Being in interviews where you know nothing about the company makes interviews a stressful experience. The interviewer will know you’ve done your research and you are more likely to be remembered. Also think about common questions that could be asked in your interview. Take a look at our Frequently Asked Interview Questions page to see what you may be asked.
First impressions are very important. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit, but it does mean you have to think about what would be appropriate. True, some places take a more relaxed attitude to attire, but you cannot go wrong with conventional office wear to create a professional first impression.
On the day of the interview, allow plenty of time to get there without rushing or being stressed by any potential delays. Also make sure you take everything that you might need such as a notepad, a pen, a copy of your CV and your certificates of any qualifications you may have.
During your interview, try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Your body language says as much about you as your answers to the questions. Smiling, maintaining eye contact and sitting up straight are good ways of coming across relaxed and friendly to the interviewer. Preparation prior to your interview will also make you feel more confident, for example having a practice interview with family or friends. Remember that even if you slip up on anything during the interview, try and regain your composure and move on, not all is lost.
Questions For The Interviewer
In any interview (usually at the end of the interview) you will be asked if you have any questions for them. It is very important that you have at least one or two questions prepared to ask the interviewer, otherwise it will come across as though you are not interested in the job or the company.
When the interview is coming to a close, make sure you end it on a positive note. This could be as simple as smiling or saying something along the lines of, "I look forward to hearing from you." After the interview (within 24 hours), send a follow-up email thanking them for the opportunity to interview you.
For further information regarding interview techniques, contact our Recruitment Team on 01204 677888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.