* Preparing for Interview You have made a successful application and now you are rewarded by getting an interview. It would be a shame to blow it all by failing to take same care and attention at interview.
It's true to say that vast majority of interviewers are not trained and make many mistakes themselves, but that is not a reason to make them yourself.
Lets have a look at common mistakes so that you can avoid them.
- Arriving late. - Being dressed incorrectly. - Taking unnecessary hand luggage with you. - Poor greeting. - Poor body language/Nervous mannerisms
* Arriving Late You should aim to arrive 10 - 20 minutes early for your interview. Depending on size of building you may find that locating interview are is not a simple task and you should ensure that you have enough time in hand to avoid a late arrival.
If company is in a location that you are not familiar with you would take time to plan your route and allow for unexpected delays, so why should you act differently just because interview is somewhere you know?
Some of external events that may make you late are; late public transport, unable to locate parking space, no change for a pay and display car park, unable to locate building.
All of these are genuine reasons to be late, but at end of day, they are all avoidable.
Take time to find out about location of building and local parking, if company is a large phoning them will result in you getting switch board, these people know area, there is nothing wrong with asking them for advice about local parking.
If company is a one man band then use your initiative, check maps, local tourist information offices etc.
* Looking Good Most people are unsure how to dress for an interview. Lets face it, if you are going for an interview to be a garage mechanic then a suit probably isn't suitable, but how do you know what to wear?
As a rule of thumb, think about what you would wear if you were working there already, no smarten up a bit.
If you would normally wear trousers/skirt and a shirt/blouse then by adding a jacket and tie you have smartened up.
If you would normally wear jeans and a T-shirt or polo shirt then you should wear trousers and a shirt and tie, no need for a jacket.
Dressing down at interview is easier than going home to get changed. That is to say that if you get to interview and you are wearing a jacket but non of interviews is wearing one and you feel uncomfortable, then as you take a seat as if you can remove your jacket.
I'm sure you get idea.
* Luggage Taking unnecessary hand luggage with you. Some people take a brief case to interview.
It may be an idea to take a copy of your resume with you along with letter inviting you to interview.
If you applied by application form and you followed my guide to application forms then you might want to take your draft copy of form. Take these in an A4 envelope or in an A4 folder.