This summer millions of pupils will soon be breaking up from school for the last time and heading off to pastures new. Whatever the next step is ( whether it is college, university or a full – time job ) the chances are that it will involve an interview of some kind.
Preparing. Your school can often help you prepare by giving you a mock interview. This is a useful process, but can be more beneficial and realistic if you don’t know the peerson interviewing you.
Talk to older friends or family members about their interview experiences. Write down any difficult questions they were asked and think about how you would answer them.
The big day arrives. On the day on the interview, remember to take the following things with you:
– the address of the place where your interview is and a map. Make sure you know how to get there.
– A copy of your CV or application form. It will be embarrassing if you can’t reemember the information you’ve given about yourself. It’s also good to have a copy to hand if you have to clarify any points you’ve made.
– A list of questions to ask. There are going to be things you want to know, so
– A mobile phone so that you can phone up if you are delayed, or find yourself hopelessly lost.
Aim to be at the place of your interview about 15 minutes before it takes place. You can use this time to refresh yourself with your questions or just relax and take a few deep breaths. And, of course remember to answer any calls of nature [ it could be some time before you get the chance again ].
Be confident. Even if you feel like a bag of nerves, there are things you can do to give the impression of confidence; speak clearly and calmly. It’s easy to talk tooo quickly when you’re nervous – so relax and slow down. Sit in a comfortable position so you don’t feel that need to fidget.
Think over the questions you are likely to be asked. This way, you are less likely to be faced with a question you don’t know how to answer, but be careful not to over – prepare. Your answer might sound ‘ learned ‘ or lacking in conviction.
Find out about the company / college. This shows that it’s not only the job type th
Wear appropriate clothing. This needn’t necessary be a suit but you should look neat and tidy. It’s important to wear something that you feel comfortable in, so try on clothes before the day of the interview.
Try to stay calm. Interviews can be a pretty nerve – wracking experience, but try not to feel frightened. If you find a question difficult, allow yourself a few seconds to think about what you’re going to say. And don’t let it ruin the rest of your interview if you think you have said the wrong thing. An experienced interviewer will be used to dealing with people’s nerves.
Don’t be too demanding. Don’t go into a interview with over – ambitious or inflexible ideas about what you want from the job.
While it’s good to show that you are in no position to make demands. Never appear too eager to talk about money or other added advantages. Employers will question your motives for applying for the job.
Don’t lie. Lying is a risky business. Most people aren’t as good at lying as they think they are and as interviewer can of
Don’t be upset. It’s easier said than done, but don’t lose heart if you are unsuccessful. It’s worthwhile finding out why you have been rejected. Consider phoning or writing to the company and asking for some feedback. This will give you something to work on for your next interview.