Nailing that Interview!

Posted: 19th Oct

Nailing that Interview!

The best way to ace that interview is to be super prepared!

Preparation can be the determining factor between landing the job of your dreams and getting rejected. Job interviewing can be a very daunting and nerve-racking experience. Here are a few tips on how to not only survive the experience, but make it a pleasant and successful one!

How do I prepare?

Before the interview:

  • Research the company and position by looking on their website to find out what they do. You can call their office to request for an information kit if needed.
  • Find out as much as you can about what the company including what they make or sell. The more you know and understand the more prepared you will be.
  • Dress appropriate and suitably. For example, wear business attire for an administration traineeship and smart casual for a trade apprenticeship.
  • Groom well: have a shower, wash your hair and shave on the morning of the interview. Have your clothes washed and ironed properly. You want to look tidy and organised.
  • Write down what questions you are going to ask the interviewer in the interview.

  At the interview:

  • Be on time: This means arriving 15 minutes early to make a great first impression. You want to be perceived as hard working and punctual. Allow extra travel time in case of traffic or public transport delays.  It may be a good idea to travel there a few days before to ensure you know the best way to get there.
  • Turn off your mobile phone: Have your phone on silent or off to ensure it does not interrupt your interview.
  • Show interest through body language: This means smile and be friendly. Sit up straight, lean forward slightly and always maintain good eye contact with the interviewer or panel.
  • Be a good listener: Listen to what the employer tells you about the organisation and the position. They may ask you questions relating to the organisation.
  • Be enthusiastic and confident:  Let the employer know you want the job and can be a valuable contributor to their company.
  • Ask questions: Ask questions in the interview to show you are interested in working with them and want to be prepared for the role. For example, what training and induction will be given? What are the company's plans for the future?
  • Be polite and courteous: At the end of the interview smile and thank the interviewer or panel for their time.

Who would you employ?

Your body language before and during the interview is super important. So be well prepared to avoid confused expressions and body language that can jeopardise your success. Preparation = Confidence