You never know when the right job opportunity may present itself.

That’s why it’s important to always ensure you are on top of your game when it comes to marketing your own potential.
An interview is the best tool you as the employee and your possible employer have to accurately assess the potential for establishing a professional working relationship.
Not only does it allow your future employer to consider whether you have the necessary skills, experience and aptitude to meet the job’s requirements, but it is also an opportunity for you to learn more about your potential employer’s working culture.
Consider these tips to ensure your future job interview gets off to the best possible start.

The basics

Specialist professional recruitment consultancy Robert Walters says preparation is key. The better prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel. It suggests that before the interview you confirm the exact time and location of your meeting and map out your transport options, allowing for delays en route. It is also important to memorise the interviewer’s correct title and pronunciation of their full name and to practice talking about yourself. Where possible, try to commit to memory a few specific facts about the company from its website and/or social media accounts, incorporating things such as its history, mission, markets, competitors and products.

First Impressions Count

Attitude, enthusiasm and interest go a long way in showing an interviewer that you are genuinely interested in the role on offer. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so be conscious of the fact that non-verbal cues matter even more than verbal ones. Robert Walters suggests using the first few minutes of your interview to set aside your nerves and project an air of confidence. Shake hands firmly, make eye contact and wait to be invited to sit down. 

Dress Appropriately

Education and career advisory service Mallory says it’s important that you dress and look your best on the day of your interview. In terms of your clothing choice, it says you should try to match your apparel style to that of the company you’re meeting. Check against the company’s website and social media if you are unsure about its working culture. Obvious hygiene and grooming aside, ensure you have shined your shoes, ironed your shirt, manicured your nails and if necessary been to the hairdresser. Even if you are certain of a more casual environment, a good rule of thumb is to dress up one notch while still ensuring some of your personality is on display to ensure you feel comfortable.

Take Notes

Mallory says it’s very easy to get overwhelmed in interviews. To ensure you stay on track listen carefully to questions. Don’t be afraid to take notes when the interviewers are talking at length, and write down anything you’d like further clarification on, it says. Go armed with a set of questions you’d like the answer to as it indicates you are serious about the role and keen to learn. By communicating openly you’ll also be better able to establish a rapport with the interviewers and stand out from other candidates. Once the interview is complete, follow up with a brief thank you email. Keep it short but stress your interest in the role as this will open the lines of communication for further questions.