You’ve spent weeks trying to get an interview with your dream company and you finally got it. Before you go, consult the following checklists to ensure you make the best impression you can.
Dressing for success
Men can never go wrong with a smart suit
- A two-piece matching suit in a dark colour. It does not have to be the most expensive, but it looks better if it fits.
- Long-sleeved shirts, even in the summer in a light colour or subtle pattern.
- Plain or slightly patterned to match your shirt and suit.
- Match your belt to your shoes and keep jewellery to a minimum. A wristwatch is usually enough.
- Socks should be a dark colour.
- Lace-up or slip on business shoes.
Women should keep it classic and simple
- Two-piece suits for women should be fitted but not snug, in a dark colour or subtle pattern.
- Trouser hems should not drag on the floor. A skirt should completely cover your thighs when you sit down.
- A tailored blouse or jumper under your jacket that is not see-through or showing too much cleavage.
- Tights should be plain or sheer and complement your suit.
- Shoes with a medium-height heel that match your suit, and a smart, simple handbag and minimal jewellery.
Looking presentable isn’t just about clothes
- Men should be clean shaven or have well groomed facial hair.
- Women should wear neutral make-up suitable for daytime.
- Clean nails are a must for everyone.
Eight tips to put you on the right track come interview day.
- Research the company before the interview - They want to know that you want to work for them.
- Review your qualifications for the job - Make sure you meet the requirements.
- Have a specific position in mind that you’d like to fill - Give reasons why you would be the perfect candidate.
- Review common interview questions - Prepare responses - there’s lots on recruitment websites.
- Think of questions to ask at the end of the interview - It will help you understand the role and organisation.
- Be genuine, focused, confident, and concise - Most of all try to relax.
- Look at your body language - Smile, make eye contact, sit up straight and listen.
- Follow-up after the interview - Email them to show you are interested and ask for feedback.
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Talk body language
Use your body to convey the right message.
Your mouth is an indicator of your general attitude.
- An upward mouth means you smile a lot.
- A downward mouth means you frown a lot
- A composed, straight mouth means you do both.
Keep your mouth upward or at least straight!
- Upright and confident with a quick stride means you are enthusiastic and confident about the interview.
- Slow and hesitant indicates nerves, which is normal, but being too nervous might look like lack of confidence.
Appearing upright and confident works best!
- A firm palm-to-palm handshake with eye contact and a sincere smile means confidence and honesty.
- A limp handshake indicates that you lack enthusiasm, and may be passive and not people-orientated.
- An aggressive handshake with tight squeezing shows an overly aggressive personality that lacks sensitivity.
- A crazy pumping handshake makes you look insecure.
- A hand-over handshake is too familiar and not really appropriate for a professional setting.
Go with the firm palm-to-palm handshake!
- A sloucher lacks interest, a percher is far too nervous.
- Sit upright with your head erect whilst looking relaxed makes you look comfortable and confident of your ability.
- Kicking back on your chair with your hands behind your head shows lack of respect and not taking it seriously.
- If your feet start to point towards the door, that means you just want to get out of there.
Sit upright with your head erect!
- If you slump when leaving an interview, it portrays you think you’ve blown it, or are letting your confident facade down.
- If you are still walking upright, your confidence is intact and you sincerely feel you can do the job.
Walk upright with your head held high!
Not got an interview?
Stand out from the crowd by having a professional looking CV
The One Future team’s top 10 tips.
- Your CV should be no more than two pages long.
- Be sure you use commas and full stops.
- Previous jobs should be listed in order of date and be prepared to explain gaps.
- Use clear headings so information can be found quickly.
- Check all contact details. A missing phone number or wrong email address may get your CV ignored.
- Email addresses should contain your first and last name.
Babyblue@hotmail.co.uk or email@example.com could be the reason you don’t get the job.
- Include any completed paid or unpaid work experience relevant to the job you are applying for.
- Don’t list everything; your last 10 years work history is perfectly acceptable.
- Avoid irrelevant details such as date of birth, gender and nationality.
- Your CV has one job - to get you an interview, so it’s important you keep it up-to-date.
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