A Job interview is your time to shine.

This is not only a chance for you to tell the interviewer more about your skills and experience, but it’s also an opportunity to really sell yourself.

It’s very natural to be nervous about a job interview, but the best way to gain confidence and interview success is to be well prepared. The team at CLIMB is always on hand to help guide you through each step of the recruitment process.

Here are CLIMB’s top 7 interview preparation tips

1. Be prepared

2. Do your research

Find out as much information as you possibly can about your potential employer. We are here to provide you this information but don’t just rely on that. Visit a few stores, have a chat to come of the staff working in store and jump on the company website. If you head into an interview armed with more than enough information you really will be bulletproof.

3. Dress to impress

First impressions last, so make a mark on your interviewer with polished and appropriate presentation. We will offer advice as to what is appropriate for the role you are applying for, however it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Also, bear in mind the company culture and tailor your attire to suit this.

4. Show confidence and personality

The interview is really your only chance to sell yourself so try not to freeze up. Most interviewers try to make you feel comfortable and want to see your personality as well as skill set, so being friendly, personable and enthusiastic is always the key.

5. Know your strengths and weaknesses

6. Ask questions

Before you head into the interview, think about what you want to know about the company and the role you applied for. Write a list and take it into the interview if it will help you remember. An interview is not just about the employer finding out about you; it’s also your chance to find out if the company will be a good fit for you. Remember, you don’t want to be back in the interviewing chair six weeks down the track because you forgot to ask questions.

7. State your interest

By the end of the interview if you are feeling positive about the company and feel it really is where you want to be, then it’s important to clearly state your interest. Find out what the next step is. Make sure not to be over the top but let the interviewer pick up on your interest.
Got a question that’s not covered here? The CLIMB Career Doctor is here to help.

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