First appearances are everything. Rachel Quilty, National Manager of Jump the Q , a leading Professional Image Consulting firm, says, 'It is vital for job seekers, who are often competing with dozens of hopefuls, to make a great impression and be memorable'.
Her number one suggestion is to always dress appropriately for the interview and the job. Once you've got that right, creating a 'wow factor' that will ensure you're remembered is simple and effective. Here's how:
Show emotion. (No, this doesn't mean cry desperately that you want the job!) Show enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. It's refreshing to see.
Use your interviewer's name. Everyone loves to hear their own name. Give your interviewer a firm handshake and repeat their name so you remember it. Use the name two to three times during the interview.
Maintain eye contact. Even when you are nervous, good eye contact conveys confidence. Breath deeply to get nerves under control.
Ask questions. Questions such as 'What will the job entail?', 'When would be a good time to start my trial?' and 'Can I have a tour and meet the other staff?' are good (but not 'How much will I be paid?').
Research the company in which you're seeking employment. Interviewers will be impressed you showed initiative and interest.
Be prepared for the standard questions you may be asked, such as 'Why would you like this job?' and 'What relevant experience do you have?'. Take a notepad into the interview if appropriate. Having it handy can help calm your nerves and shows you're interested enough to take notes or to refer to notes you've brought to the interview.
Always be honest and truthful, but put a spin on your weaknesses and emphasise your strengths. For example, if you don't have a lot of experience for the position, be truthful in saying what experience you do have and back it up by adding that you grasp ideas and tasks quickly and are willing to learn.
Identify key attributes of someone who would succeed in the position. For example, in hospitality, it is vital to be able to remain friendly and pleasant while working long hours on your feet. In applying for a hospitality job, you would emphasise that you are friendly even after long hours.
Smile. No one wants to work with a grump. Everyone enjoys the company of happy and friendly people. So smile as if the job depended on it!
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