AllPlymouthJobs is specifically designed to help people find jobs in Plymouth or to find jobs in the area of Plymouth. With the careers market now more competitive than it has been for some time, you need to give recruiters every reason to pick you when you get to the key stage of being invited for a job interview.
The first thirty seconds of a job interview are really key to your success. Here are a few helpful tips on what to expect and things to think about for your job interview.
Job Interview checklist
Rightly or wrongly, looks sometimes make a difference, be smart and look professional. Bear in mind the company you are applying to - how do your potential future colleagues dress for work? If you already look the part then you're on the way to fitting in at your desired new job!
Always keep in mind that you never get a second chance to make a great first impression, so make sure you're prepared. Aim to arrive 20-25 minutes before your interview is booked to start, that way if your bus is late or you get stuck in traffic you'll still arrive on time. If you arrive early, you could wait nearby at a cafe or have a short walk round the area thinking about what you plan to say in your interview. Aim to arrive at reception exactly 10 minutes before your scheduled interview time.
Eye contact is important to get right while on your interview and can make a real difference in how you present yourself. If you often look away when speaking to someone, you might well be seen as lacking confidence or not interested or even being dishonest. So always answer their questions with eye contact, but without glaring.
During your job interview always be enthusiastic. Do not be unenthusiastic or mention any bad points about previous employers. Focus on positive achievements and optimistic views, remember to smile and be attentive.
Unfortunately the reality of life is that you are unlikely to be offered every job that you apply for, however ideal you believe you may be for it.
If you do not get the job after an interview it is no bad thing to go back through the interview with someone and try to have them to flag up any areas where you could have done better. There will be other opportunities in time and any unsuccessful interviews should be looked upon as part of a learning process.
Don't forget that performing well at an interview is a skill and it can be learnt and improved with help and practice. There are plenty jobs in and around Plymouth - the main thing is to find the right one for you!
AllPlymouthJobs wish you the best of luck with you job hunting!