Your very first interview can be a little nerve-wracking. But it can also be the start of something really rather wonderful. So, of course, you’ll want to give it your very best.
We want you to give it your very best too – whether or not it’s with us. Here are a few ideas about how to interview like a pro.
Don’t be late
Turning up late isn’t a great look. Whereas, if you get there a bit early – fifteen minutes should do it - you’ll have time to relax and get your thoughts together. Make sure you know where you’re going, plan your journey, and maybe even do a practice journey a few days before. And when the day comes, set off nice and early.
Look the part
This one’s about striking a balance. Give some thought to what kind of business you’re interviewing with, and dress accordingly. A business suit isn’t the only option you have, but it’s still a good choice for a highly professional employer. Just make sure that, whatever you wear and wherever you’re going, you’re on the right side of smart.
Get some practice in
If you’re not used to them, interviews can feel a bit odd. So get used to them. Get a parent or a friend to run through some typical interview questions with you. The more practice you get, the readier you’ll be when the day comes.
Make sure your body says the right things too
Body language can be a big thing in interviews, so pay attention to yours. When you get in the room, make sure you look interested and eager. Sit up, smile and make a fair bit of eye contact. It’ll all help you make a good impression
Remember these two things. One – the company you’re talking to wants to hire a person, not a robot. And two – the person who’s interviewing you wants to enjoy the experience too. So try to treat it as a conversation. Be the friendly, likable, confident and smiley person you are. You’ll both have a better time if you do.
And there you have it. That’s our thoughts about how to make your first interview one to remember. Now, go get ‘em.