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Going for a job interview?

Updated on February 6, 2012

You’ve applied for a job, you’ve passed the section stage and now you’re being called into an interview. Excitement and nerves combined, this could be it, this could be your job. You are one step further and this could be the last step. How do you prepare for it? How do you make sure you get the best chance possible of getting that job? What preparations do you put in place? Below are just a few things I’ve done before going for an interview.

What to wear?

I always believe you should put extra effort into this part regardless of the job. Even if the job requires you dress down. On the day of your interview put in the extra effort and if you’ve got the job you can decided to dress down. There are quite a few interviews that go on where I work and I always observe the way people are dressed. You can tell the ones who are taking the interview seriously and the ones who are not. I really believe that first impressions leave an impact on people. Showing that you’ve put effort into how you look shows that you’re prepared to put the same effort into the job. It can partly reflect what type of person you are.

There were two people I once observed when they came for an interview. The one was a woman. She’d a nice white blouse with a back jacket. The half was great but the bottom half wasn’t. She wore a mini skirt that revealed a little too much. Unless your new boss is a sleaze bag, most employers won’t employ you. I’m sure it’s worked for some people, but if a woman has to dress a certain way to get a job and not get it based on her skills and qualifications, then that says a lot about the company and the woman. Unfortunately this woman didn’t get the job; it was given to a man instead. I’m mentioning this because I’ve heard someone say, that if you want to get a job wear a short skirt or a revealing top. Would you really want to work with a person who will always be eyeing you up? Probably not.

I also observed a man who had come into the interview. He was dressed very smartly, black suit and salmon shirt but there was one thing missing. Perhaps it’s trendy not to wear a tie and to leave a few buttons undone but it was a job interview. I tie would’ve been appropriate for this particular interview. There is nothing wrong with looking trendy but on the day of the interview going the extra mile is different would make a huge difference. Stick out, do everything you can to make sure you are noticed for your efforts.

Read up about the company

You’re going to be working for this company. It is a great idea to Google them and find out as much as you can about the company. This shows you are interested. Find out about the job that is required of you. If you went via a job agency ask for as much information as you can. When you show interest, the interviewers will pick up on it. They may even ask you a few questions just to find out if you’ve made any effort to find out about them.

Arrive early

One of the mistakes I made once was to think I knew my way to a job interview. I’d given myself forty five minutes to get to this place, which was ridiculous and stupid. I obviously started to panic when the time crept up. I just couldn’t find my way, and the panic set in and I was getting all sweaty. Bad sign! When I did finally get there it was ten minutes late. That didn’t give a good impression and the interview also went down hill from there. Give yourself enough time to get there. You could give yourself a practise run the day before so that you know exactly where you are going. You’ll feel a lot more relaxed doing that.

On Arrival

State your name, the time of you appointment and the name of the person you are meeting clearly to the receptionist. Make sure you have all your relevant documents with you ready for the interviewer. Also make sure you switch off your mobile phone. There is nothing worse than being in the middle of an interview and your phone starts to ring.

A few final tips

  • When you first meet your interviewer, give eye contact but don’t stare.
  • Give a firm handshake at the beginning and at the end of the interview.
  • Try and stay calm and confident during the interview.
  • Speak up and clearly so that you can be heard properly.
  • Answer questions fully rather than with just a yes or a no.
  • When speaking try not to move your hands a lot due to nervousness, this will only distract the interviewer and take the focus off your skills.

At the end of the day, when you’ve done the best that you can, if the job is meant to be yours it will be. Good Luck .


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    • lin8t profile image

      lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for voting up, hopefully people will find this helpful.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A necessary hub for people looking for work, which forms a large part of the population nowadays. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for your comment dilipchandra12.

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      lin8t 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for your comment KDF, yes now for the jobs :-)

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Good hub, well written. It is informative and useful.

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      KDF 5 years ago from Central Illinois

      good advise! Now we should create some jobs for these interview preparations@!