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Interviews are both an art and a science.
Success boils down to:
Preparation, first impressions, Q&A and finishing strong.
Let's look into part 2 of 4 first impressions and top tips for proactive job seekers.
Ok, so you're uber passionate about the opportunity, you've drunk an obscene amount of coffee, you've; researched, questioned, followed, reviewed and everything inbetween. The CEO of the organisation can't possibly know as much about the place as you do. All of that is great....unless you balls the whole thing up in the first 5 minutes of pleasantries! It's not game over if you do but it will be an uphill climb from the unpleasantries.
First impressions begin the minute you make contact, in whatever form that takes; application, email, phone or face to face. Don't make the common mistake and assume it's all about showing up and performing on the day. The interview is only part of the process. There's opportunity to shine and opportunity to drop the ball in every single interaction.
Top tip: If you answer the phone, respond to emails promptly and try to be flexible in the process (within reason of course) then you put yourself in a very strong position from the get go.
Top tip: It's a good idea to dress a level above what will be expected if you do secure a role.
Top tip: visit the location and find the building before interview day. It gives you the opportunity to check out the area and you'll feel less stressed on the big day.
Top tip: offer a limp lettuce handshake and you significantly reduce your chance of success. If a firm handshake doesn't come naturally to you, practice on a buddy beforehand.
Top tip: if you think you might be tempted, remove the cigarettes and gum from your bag in the morning. Set yourself a reminder 15 minutes before your interview slot to silence your phone.
Congratulations, you're half way through my alchemy series. I'm sure you're feeling super confident but no doubt eager to get your teeth into the Q&A section.
Abraham Lincoln would be giving you the nod of approval right now for adopting his wise approach "give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe"
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