Be prepared. Make an impression
Moving from school or college into the world of work can feel like a huge leap. It doesn’t have to be. With some simple preparation before your interview or starting in your new role, you can begin on this new journey with confidence to do well.
Interviews can seem daunting, but they’re the industry standard way for employers to get to know you and discover what you can do for their business. Use this opportunity to really make an impression. With the tips below, you can ensure that you have all the tools you need to get your dream job.
- Know the company – Check out the company’s website and Facebook page before your interview to get an idea about your potential new employer. You’ll look prepared and enthusiastic. Plus it’s a great way to earn extra brownie points!
- Turn the tables – In case you’re asked if you have any questions, prepare some before the interview. Ask about the company and the people, but steer away from questions about pay. This will be decided when you have been offered the job.
- PUNCTUALITY! PUNCTUALITY! PUNCTUALITY! – Making sure that you’re ten minutes early to your interview shows the company that you’re eager and organised. It’ll also give you time to take in your surroundings, so that you’re calm when you’re called in to your interview.
- Know your journey – Make sure you know the way to your interview as getting lost or being late doesn’t look good. Try making a trial run the day before the interview so you know the route, how long it will take and where you can park if you’re driving.
- Dress to impress – First impressions count. Dressing smart will also give you the confidence to be professional and showcase your talents.
- Confidence is key – eye contact and lots of smiles will show the interview you’re feeling comfortable. Stay calm and try not to talk too fast or waffle. Think ‘quality not quantity’ when it comes to your answers.
- Sell Yourself! – Speak clearly and use positive words to describe yourself. Use each question as an opportunity to talk about your strengths and achievements. An employer wants to know the real you. Make sure you sell your personality as well as your talents.
Advice for the workplace
Making the jump from school or college to full-time work should be exciting, not intimidating. Here are some useful tips to ensure that your first day and every day afterwards go off without a hitch.
- Be an Early Bird – It’s always important to get to work on time every day. Get a good night’s sleep and set your alarm to give yourself enough time to get dressed, eat breakfast and get to work. Arriving at work early will show you’re enthusiastic about your job and give you that extra time you need to plan your day.
- Give things a go – If you’re up for a challenge and willing to try new things, your employer is more likely to give you more responsibility. It’s better to try and fail than to not try at all.
- Be positive – Keeping positive and feeling confident in your abilities will always help you at work. Showing a positive attitude to tasks given to you will show your boss you are able and willing.
- Don’t be afraid to ask – If you have a problem, your employer will always prefer you to ask for help. Talking things through and clearing issues up will help you understand and show that you’re confident to raise your thoughts.
- Looking Good – Richard Denny states, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”. Looking smart and dressing appropriately for your type of work will get you noticed. It’ll also make you feel confident and ready for the work day ahead of you.
- Talk the talk – Whether you’re speaking to customers or colleagues, it’s important to speak clearly and confidently to get your point across. Stay professional and stay away from bad language and slang.
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