How to prepare for an interview
No-one would pretend that the economy is booming but there are signs of recovery and the East Midlands are proving to be one of the more promising areas of the country.
Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the unemployment rate in the region fell by 0.3 per cent in the last quarter – this is better than the national average and makes the East Midlands one of the best performing regions in the country.
So there is work out there and job applicants should feel encouraged that opportunities will arise.
Still, if you are lucky enough to get an interview for a new job then it’s certainly an important chance to move into new work and preparation is crucial to make your chances as good as possible.
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Julie Measures, training manager for Leicester-based recruitment firm Barker Ross, said: “There are many variables in choosing a new person for a job. What one employer classes as an important quality, another may not.
“Some feel experience is an important factor. Others value qualifications or team management skills or a combination of both.
“What you have got to remember is that you will have to make a lasting impression on the interviewer to get you nearer to securing that new job.
“Your future employer is going to have to make a choice from several applicants. This will inevitably be a hard decision to make. After all, summing up candidates suitability in a few short hours isn’t easy for anybody, so you must make an impression.
“If you go well prepared then you are able to manipulate an interview to your advantage and get across your strengths.”
Barker Ross has given Jobsite readers the following tips for how to prepare a great job interview.
1. Prepare your offensive.
A job interview is going into battle – the end result is to come out the winner! The better your offensive, the more chance you have at winning the interviewer over. Prepare for pitfalls, research the organisation and the role, so that you arrive feeling cool and confident.
2. Do some research.
Find out about the employer – they will expect you to know about the company, what it does and where it is going. This can be done online, by phoning the company itself, or in the local library.
3. Get ready for the day.
Plan your route to their office so you know you will be punctual – if you arrive early you can always have a drink or read a magazine. The worst thing is to be late – it’s really discourteous and annoys people.
4. Make life easier for yourself.
It might sound obvious, but get a good night’s sleep the night before. Steer clear of garlic and don’t go for a curry with your mates – you don’t want to overpower the interview room. Have a decent breakfast on the morning, even if you don’t feel like eating.
5. Make a good first impression.
This counts. Dress well, have a good handshake, don’t bath in aftershave or perfume!
6. Try and control your nerves.
The secret to this is to convince your brain that you have little to worry about. Don’t get too worked up about the interview – it won’t help. Prepare properly and it will help you calm yourself.
7. During the interview, project the right image.
Sell yourself, be positive and enthusiastic, and make sure that your body language is attentive without being aggressive. Be confident but not arrogant, smile as much as seems appropriate and look the person who asked you the question in the eye.
Of course there are several different types of job interview but you should expect to be told what you will have to tackle before the interview takes place.
One thing you won’t know is what questions you will be asked. The best way to tackle this is to anticipate what an employer would want to know and prepare as much as possible in advance, so that you have an answer ready when the question comes to you.