Ok, so you’ve sorted out your CV and they want you back for an interview. Here at FreeMyCV.com we’ve rustled up some tips to make sure you look as good as your CV...
Research: It is important to research the company before you go to the interview. Find out about their history, what they believe to be their mission statement, how the company works and what exactly they do. This is a very common question in an interview, so do your homework!
Familiarise yourself with your CV: Make sure you know your CV inside and out; you should do anyway, but giving it some extra time will only make you more prepared. The interviewer will ask you about certain aspects of your CV so be ready to explain previous jobs, why you may have job gaps and any special qualifications in more detail.
Don’t be late: We know no one intends to be late for an interview; these things just happen, but you can make sure they don’t. Plan your journey and know how long it will take you to get to your interview. It is important to allow for traffic and other eventualities; leave 2 hours early and have a coffee around the corner if it means there’s no chance you’ll be late. Not being punctual is the worst first impression you can give. So if you don’t know how long it will take, do a trial-run a couple of days before to get a feel for the route and the timing, no one will know!
Ask Questions: In the interview there will be an opportunity for you to ask the interviewer any questions you may have. Whatever you can find out beforehand that you might want to know is always useful, but don’t be afraid to ask questions. Think of a few insightful questions before you go in, and if they haven’t been answered in the interview, ask! It will show that you are interested and thinking ahead.
Body Language: You might feel like a bag of nerves, but you don’t have to show it. Eye contact is important as it emphasises confidence. Try and avoid sitting with your arms and legs folded as this creates a negative impression. It might be the kind of thing your mum would tell you but it is sterling advice, so sit up, don’t slouch and you’ll instantly look more professional!
Know your weaknesses: You should be able to reel off a list of your strengths but your weaknesses? Not really the kind of thing you want to admit to your new employer, right?! The key is to find things that are not directly related to the job you are applying for. You must be honest in identifying your weaknesses, but always emphasise that you have taken steps to improve on these things. If you tell your interviewer you have no weaknesses, they won’t believe you!
Remember, no amount of organisation is too much, if it means securing your perfect job!