JOB INTERVIEW TIPS FOR FRESHERS

1.Pick out your interview outfit a day in advance and make sure there are no stains, missing buttons, broken zips, dirty shoes and it fits you perfect. Dress up not down.

2.Check out the employer’s website and search the web for information. Make a note of the names of the people you will meet with.

3.Identify the skills you have acquired in playing sport and school activities and then think how you would use these skills in the new job.

4. Practice answering questions such as ‘tell us about yourself?’ or ‘why do you want to work here?’ Be careful with your body language, eye contact, length and quality of your answers. Practising over and over get you focused on what you have to offer.

5. “TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF” This is a typical question school leavers will hear in an interview. Be prepared for this question. Be concise but friendly. Add personal information with traits that will appeal to an employer and suit the job you are going for.

6.Punctuality is vital so aim to be at least 30 minutes early.

7.Switch off your mobile before you enter any interview venue.

8.Smile and be polite to everyone you meet.

9.Have some water with you in case you get a dry throat.

10. Be concise when answering questions but avoid just saying ‘yes’ and ‘no’. A job interview should be a two-way process.

11.As a general rule, avoid asking about money. If you are offered the job, then ask about the money.

12. Follow up after the interview. It is a good idea to drop the employer an email a day after the interview to thank them for their time and restate your interest in the role