Penshaw View’s Interview Hints & Tips
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What to do
• Dress smartly, look bright and attentive, and speak clearly and confidently. Don’t forget that in the first few minutes only 7% of the interviewer’s opinion of you is formed by what you say – the rest is judged on how you look, act and sound
• Find out where the venue is beforehand, how to get there and how long it takes
• Get your outfit ready the night before
• Find out what kind of interview it will be so you can prepare
• Think about what type of questions they will ask you
• Prepare answers for the main questions – for example, why do you want the job, what are your strengths and weaknesses, what are the main tasks in this job?
• Make about three or four points in each answer
• Quote real examples of when you’ve used certain skills – just saying you’ve got a skill isn’t enough
• Take your time when answering the questions: make sure you understand the question and take your time if you need to think
• Sell yourself: no one else is going to! Be positive about yourself and your experiences
• Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview – use it as an opportunity to find out more about the role and the company.
• Get feedback on your performance, whether you were successful or not
• Turn off your mobile phone: treat the interviewers with respect and give them your undivided attention
• Keep your answers focused on what you can do for the employer, not what they can do for you
• The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one.
• The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing.
• That’s why, in many cases, it is still important to dress professionally for a job interview, regardless of the work environment.
It is always important to be neat, tidy, and well-groomed and to present a positive image to the employer.
An example of what you should wear is:
• Black trousers or knee length skirt
• White or light coloured Shirt or blouse
• Black shoes
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