Better Your Chances
Apart from the obvious elements – like your experience and qualifications – making an impression and standing out from the crowd requires taking that extra step that others won’t.
A good tip is to research the company you’re being interviewed by. Make sure you weave your knowledge into the conversation. This knowledge could include when the company was founded, or any specific highlights in the company’s development.
Always have questions ready to ask. When an interviewer asks you ‘do you have nay questions for us’, you don’t want to answer ‘no’. You need to show that you always have questions, that you’re passionate to know more and that you’ve thought about the job and what you’d like to know about it.
How To Dress
The old saying ‘first impressions count’ is very true, and generally the first impression you give will be with what you’re wearing.
When you go for a job interview, it’s unlikely you will be aware of the dress code of the particular organisation.
There is no such thing as over-dressing when it comes to a job interview, but you do need to think about the type of job you’re going for.
If you’re going for an office job, or any sort of professional services job, you need to dress for the part. This means a suit and tie for men, and a dress or pants and jacket for women.
If you’re going for a job as a truck driver, for example, you can probably lose the tie and suit jacket but that doesn’t mean you should turn up in a pair of shorts. Dress professionally, make an impression and you can adjust your day to day clothes later if you’ve overdressed for the particular job.
It’s pretty obvious that turning up late to a job interview is a big no-no, but turning up early can also be a problem.
Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time – research the location and know how you’re going to get there, and a have a back-up plan in case something goes wrong with your travel plans (ie – flat tyre, bus strike etc).
Plan to arrive early, but don’t go in until you’re right on time. If your interview is at 10am, walk in the door at 9.59am. That shows you’re punctual and professional. As much as arriving at 10.10am could see you out of contention for the job, arriving at 9.50am may have your potential employer a little disgruntled as they’re likely very busy and would feel they’re being pressured to see you sooner.