How to Present Yourself at Interview

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Getting yourself an interview is only the first step when it comes to securing yourself a dream job. You’ve already impressed on paper and now it’s your chance to show the employer why you’re perfect for the role. The outcome of the interview will depend largely on how you present yourself, so it’s important you make a good impression! To help you out and relax those nerves we’ve come up with a few simple steps you can take to prepare.

1. Research the employer!

Don’t walk into the interview blind! Do some research beforehand to get a feel for the Company and its culture. Researching the Company will also clue you into what you should wear. Most of the time you’ll need to dress smart, but it all depends on the role you’re applying for and the industry you’re in. You can’t turn up to an interview for a professional office job wearing a comfy Nike tracksuit and expect to get the job! Knowing what to expect can really help get rid of any nerves so it really is worth the effort.

2. Dress to impress!

When you arrive for an interview one of the first things you’ll be judged on is what you’re wearing. So dress smart and try your best to look the part, even if you know the Company you’re interviewing for has a casual uniform. If you’re ever unsure about your outfit it’s always best to play it safe and dress professionally. After all it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed! In saying this you should also make sure you don’t get too flashy and end up standing out for all the wrong reasons, leave the bright colours and eccentric patterns at home!

3. Plan your outfit in advance!

Don’t wait until the night before to try your outfit on, the suit you wore to your Aunts wedding two years ago might not fit as well as you think today! So give yourself a couple of days to get organised. If you already have an outfit in mind double check it for rips and stains. Feeling good in the clothes you wear will help boost your morale and confidence, so it’s important you make sure everything is comfortable!

4. Watch your facial expressions and body language!

Always stay conscious of your body language. As silly as it sounds interviewers are more likely to take you serious if you have good posture, so don’t get too comfortable and start slouching even if you’re left in the reception area for ages. You’ll also need to make sure your body language is open and welcoming. Sitting tensely with your arms crossed is only going to make everyone else in the room feel uncomfortable around you, which is definitely what you don’t want to happen! It’s also important that you maintain eye contact as it shows confidence and interest, but don’t overdo it and start creeping people out!

5. Be positive & always wear a smile!

Smiles are contagious, so if you’re smiling your Interviewer will be as well! Most employers are looking for happy, enthusiastic people to join their team so don’t talk or moan about anything negative. Interviewers definitely don’t want to hear about the nightmare journey you’ve had to get there. If you’re asked about your previous employers never say anything bad about them! Get all of the negative thoughts out of your system beforehand and never admit that you hate your old Manger!

Most importantly in an interview remember the old adage Sell! Sell! Sell!

You want the job you are interviewing for and you have the opportunity to make the employer want you too – this won’t always be easy as you may have a lot of competition for the role so it’s important that you promote yourself and sell the skills and experience you can bring to the role! Hopefully then the employer will buy you!

If you are currently looking for a job why don’t you send us your CV on admin@burtonboltonrose.co.uk – maybe we can help you!