The hardest step is always sending your CV to prospective employers as you do it without knowing if you’ll ever hear back. Or at least, that’s what goes through my mind when applying for jobs.
I recently discussed some tips on how to ace a Skype interview, but now I want to share my thoughts on how to prepare to impress on a face to face interview (it is getting to that time of the year for us third year PR students, and all other third year students!)
If you have been granted a face to face interview it shows that the potential employer has an interest in you, and is considering hiring you. Your interview will be with someone who is influential in the company, so now is the time to put on your best attire and face the music.
Here are some points which will help you ace that face to face interview, whether going into a career in PR, or any other industry.
- Prepare – Take the time before your interview to learn about the company. Follow them on social media and read recent and old news articles about them. This way you will gain a full understanding of the company, and can impress them with your knowledge. Most people don’t take the time to do this, so you will be one step ahead of your competition.
- Make a presence – Personal appearance is very, very important when attending a job interview. Dress smart, and keep in mind the dress code at the company you work for. Body language is also really important. Remember what your Gran used to tell you time and time again as a kid and do it. Sit up straight, maintain good eye contact and stop the fidgeting.
- Show enthusiasm – Use every opportunity you can to show that you want the job. The more eager you are, the better, but don’t overdo it. Whenever possible, answer a question with a story, this will show that you are a conversationalist, and will give more than asked in tasks if and when you do get the job. At the end of the interview, ask how you stand as this will show how much you want the job.
- Follow up – After the interview, get in contact with the interviewer and thank them for meeting with you, and tell them once more that you want to work for the company. If you don’t have access to their email, then send them a note or letter, it will show that you are willing to go the extra mile.
If you have any job interviews lined up, then I really hope that you find this helpful, and let me know about your successes! I’d love to hear from you!