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5 steps to a successful job interview

Wed 13 June 2018

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Going for a job interview can be daunting but there are some things you can do to feel more confident. A successful job interview doesn’t always mean you are successful in getting the job. Success can simply be impressing the interviewer, building your confidence or presenting yourself in a good light. Here are 5 steps to a successful job interview.

1. Research

Research the company that the interview is with. The more you know, the more likely you are to understand what type of employee they are looking for and what will be expected. Most companies have a website you can visit which will give you information on the services they offer. You should also research how to get to the interview, especially if you have never been there before. Give yourself plenty of time to get there and learn the name of the person you need to ask for when you arrive.

2. Preparation

You might not know what questions you will be asked but if you’ve researched the company and understand the role you are applying for, then you can still prepare. Think about what skills they will be looking for and list examples of where you’ve demonstrated these skills. If you don’t have much work experience, think of examples in your personal life.

3. Appearance

Plan what you will wear and make sure your outfit is cleaned and ironed in advance. Depending on the type of role, you may not be expected to wear a suit and tie, but you should still make an effort to look smart. Wash your hair, wear clean clothes, don’t wear anything that could be offensive.

4. First Impression

You have a few seconds to make a good first impression. Arrive on time, smile, shake hands and be polite. Remember, it might not only be the interviewer you have to impress. In some companies, reception staff will be asked to give opinions on candidates, based on their impressions when they arrived. Make sure you are polite to everyone you meet before, during and after the interview, so you get good reports all round.

5. Professionalism

When you are in the interview, conduct yourself in a professional manner. Switch off your mobile phone before you go in. Make eye contact, don’t use bad language or say anything offensive and answer questions as honestly as you can. Your body language tells the interviewer a lot so look interested in what they are saying, don’t start yawning or looking around the room when they are speaking.

Even if you don’t get the job, the above tips can help you make a good impression. If you leave an interview feeling positive, then it could make you feel more confident next time. Having a regular income from a job can help you budget more easily. You may even be able to set a little aside for emergencies.

At Morses Club, we want to help you feel a little more in control of your finances, but we understand that unexpected costs can sometimes throw you off course. We are a doorstep lender, who provide small cash loans. Our loans aren’t the most suitable option for everyone so if you are considering applying, it’s important you understand how doorstep lending works.