How to present yourself correctly during a job interview?

3 Answers

Relevance
  • 3 months ago

    Dress slightly nicer than the job you're applying for, but don't overdo it. For example: If you're applying for an office job, wear a suit (not a tux). If you're applying to be a maintenance supervisor, wear khakis and a nice button down, but not a suit. Wear something you wouldn't necessarily wear every day, but would wear to make a good impression.

    Be early (not on time, early). Sit up straight. Be engaged. Actively listen to the questions being asked, and always answer coming from a place of value. By that last one, I mean, answer in a way that shows how you're qualified and what you bring to the table. If you're applying for a customer service job, that means discussing how you handle difficult people, how you communicate with your customers, and how you can engage your customers. If you're applying for an engineering job, demonstrate your technical expertise where possible. Reading and understanding the job posting, company values, and work environment is a great place to start before interviewing. Know what THEY want so you can show them that YOU have it.

  • 3 months ago

    Wear business casual. 

    Men:

    Clean pressed black/brown/navy slacks

    Neutral shirt 

    Business style jacket

    Clean and polished shoes, no sneakers/flipflops/slides

    Neat clean hair

    Minimal jewelry

    Women:

    Same as above with the adition of a skirt instead of slacks

    Don't:

    denim

    shorts or sportswear

    nothing torn

    massive tattoos visible

    strong perfume or cologne

    Use your cellphone or even have it turned on during the interview

    Do:

    Clean hair, body, nails

    clean teeth and breath

    pleasant smell

    When you meet your interviewer:

    Shake hands with confidence

    Thank them for seeing you

    make eye contact

    Show confidence in your answers

    Do not interrupt when they are speaking to you

    Answer all questions fully

    Do not use words like 'ummmm' when speaking

    Do not be afraid to sell yourself but don't boast to the place where you are not believable.

    Bring your portfolio and show relevant achievements that may help you get the job

    Ask questions that are pertinant to the interview if they ask you 

    Thank them again and shake hand again at the conclusion of the interview.

    Reiterate any times and dates they give you regarding followups so they know you are serious. 

    Follow up with a short email as a thank you for their time. 

  • 3 months ago

    A few key points to remember:

    Turn up early for the interview. Better 30 minutes early, than one minute late

    Wear smart clothing. Suit and tie or at least jacket and tie, even if the role doesn't require such dress. Make sure your shoes are clean etc.  Keep jewelry etc to a minimum

    When you walk in to the interview room, smile and make contact with everyone and greet them

    Do some research on the company. So check out their corporate website and remember some basic facts. You will probably be asked what you already know about them. And it makes you look keen if you reply 'well I know x, y, z about you', rather then saying 'well until yesterday I never heard of you'.

    Answer questions asked you fully. So the answer to ' what did you do at the weekend' isn't 'nothing' or 'not a lot'. The answer is 'well it was very quiet. Watched TV Friday night and spent Saturday cleaning the house, and then Sunday visited my mum'. You get the idea?

    In advance, think of some reasons why you want the job or want to work for that company. You will be asked one or both questions. So come up with things like it's career advancement or you want to work for a large / small company etc etc. Do not say you want to work for them because you get lots of holidays or finish at 4 pm on a Friday or because your mate works for them

    At the end they will ask if you have any questions. Again, show them you are keen. Think of a few in advance. Ask them what a typical day would be, about career progression, who you would be working with.

    At the end of the day they may be interview ten people for that role. 6 of whom are quite capable of doing that role successfully. You need to make yourself stand out from the others and be the one they chose

Still have questions? Get answers by asking now.