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Job interviews can make anyone nervous. After all, you would want to make the best impression you can. But, when it comes to school leavers or fresh graduates, they seem to have an added challenge: little formal job experience.

They have the objective to prove to the employer that their studies and university experiences relate to the job they are seeking. As part of the communication skills segment, they should also work on several aspects that will help them nail down that job interview.

#1.Adopt Winning Strategies

Adopt Winning Strategies

The winning strategy that I’m referring to consists of knowing what you want as a career and what you are passionate about.

Here are some essential questions you need to ask yourself:

  • Do you want a job or a career?
  • Would it be for a short term or long term?
  • Which work environment you want to join: private, public or none for profit?

#2. Dress Code

Dress Code

Your image is like the“Home Page” of a website. The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most crucial one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing – before you even have the chance to say a word or shake a hand. That’s why, in many cases, it is still important to dress professionally for a job interview, regardless of the work environment.

In order to make a good first impression, you need to dress professionally and separate your social image from your professional presence. In general, a candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and t-shirts.

How to Dress For a Professional Interview:

Men’s Interview Attire:

  • Formal suit
  • Long sleeve shirt (mostly white-colored one)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Women’s Interview Attire:

  • Formal Suit
  • Suit skirt (the skirt should be long enough so as you can sit down comfortably)
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Limited jewelry
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

What Not to Wear On a Job Interview:

  • Flip-flops or sneakers
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Skirts that are too short
  • Pants that are too tight
  • Piercing and tattoos

#3. Attitude and Behavior:

Attitude and Behavior

If you go on an interview with a stressed, rumpled or tired look, forget the chances of getting hired.

  • Bring a smile, show confidence and stand tall with your shoulders back. To be perceived as confident, women can wear light make-up. In our society, well-applied make-up conveys high self-esteem and confidence. It says that you pay attention to details.
  • Breathe powerfully. Accumulated stress shows in your body via your breathing. The more stressed you are, the more you tend to breathe shallowly. Take time to build the self-confidence needed.
  • During your job interview, try to adopt a posture that shows interest but still comes across as being relaxed. You can do this by sitting up straight in your chair, with your back against the back of the chair. If you slouch or hang sideways in your chair, it might give the impression that you are not that interested in the job. However, sitting on the edge of your chair can come across as being a little tense and might give the impression that you feel uncomfortable.

#4. Eye Contact:

Eye Contact

When you are looking directly at the interviewer, you are depicting a sign of trust and confidence. You are also claiming control over the conversation.

In the comment section below, you can share your first job interview experience with us.

 

It takes a lot to impress recruiters and hiring managers. While some tricks may work, remember that they must have seen almost every trick in the book when it comes to interviews. So, it’s not just about looking good. It’s really the content of the interview that will matter. If you really want to bag that security guard job you’ve trained so hard for, you’ll have to be more than just one more candidate in the cattle call of hundreds they’ll see this year. You really need to pull all the stops and stand out to make sure that you are not just a number.  So, how can you impress the recruiter?

Ace Your Next Interview with These Tips:

1. Know Your CV Inside Out

Most recruiters will begin the interview process by asking you to talk a bit about yourself this is the easiest question you can get and is the one question you must make sure to not stumble over. Look at each of the projects on which you’ve worked on and reflect on the biggest challenges you had to face and how you’ve overcome them. Prepare an explanation for any ‘sketchy’ details or gaps on your CV – the recruiter is sure to ask you questions about these. Ensure that your answers are consistent and congruent with what you have on your cv.

2. Think of How Each Experience You’ve Acquired so Far Are Important

It’s not sufficient to talk about each experience you’ve acquired. If you really to want impress the recruiter, quantify the impact you had in previous roles. In addition to finding out about your previous roles and how you’ve performed in that specific role, recruiters also want to understand the impact of your work on the overall performance of the team and the company. So, instead of just listing your previous roles, also mention the outcomes of what you did. Monetary savings or improved customer experience are two of the things that can reflect positively on your work. It also tells the recruiter that you are able to see the big picture and that you understand how your work impacts others.

3. Reflect on How Your Past Experience Can Help You in the Job You’re Interviewing for

Remember how you prepared a list of challenges you faced and how you overcame them? Use these when the interviewer will ask you what makes you a good fit for that specific role. Show how the experience you’ve acquired from these past challenges will help you in the job you are applying for. This is not the moment to be vague. Mention the goals you’ll be expected to meet in this role and the qualities the company is expecting their new recruit to have. Show how you already have these set of qualities or how you have been able to achieve the same targets in a previous company.

4. Don’t Let the Interview Turn into a Q&A Session

There are two mistakes you can make in an interview. The first one is giving short answers and not providing any other details without further probing from the recruiter. The second one is talking too much. The ideal situation is both you and your recruiter having a conversation. Thing is, it’s not just the recruiter trying to find out if you’re a good candidate for the role. You also want to know if the company is right for you. You can try researching the company and come armed with questions you may want answers to. Keep the conversation flowing by asking questions that add value to the interview. Your questions can cover the organization’s culture. With a better understanding of their culture, you’ll be able to have a clearer idea of how you fit in.

5. Don’t Overlook Grooming

We know we said that an interview is just more than grooming. But if you go to your interview all scruffy and dirty, you’ll send a very clear message to the recruiter: the job wasn’t important enough for you to put in an effort to clean up. Remember that it takes only a few seconds for someone to form a first impression about you. Let that first impression be a favourable one!

Below you’ll find five grooming tips that will have you looking in tiptop shape for your interview:

Tips for men:

  1. For a put-together look, start by trim all your facial hair, including beard, moustache, ears and nostril hair. To be on the safe side, you can also go clean-shaven.
  2. Comb your hair and use styling products that give your hair a natural look. Avoid gels that make your hair look greasy.
  3. Wear freshly laundered and neatly pressed suit or shirts and pants.
  4. Stress might cause you to sweat. So use deodorant to stay fresh. Just avoid strong fragrances as they can be distracting.

Tips for women

  1. If you have long hair, pull it in a bun or tie it up in a ponytail.
  2. Don’t wear too much makeup. Go for a natural look. The less the better.
  3. Avoid plunging necklines and micro-mini skirts. Your pantsuit or dress must also be freshly laundered and neatly pressed.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes but keep it business-like.
  5. Just like men, use deodorant to avoid any unpleasant odour.

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