Top tips on how to impress during an interview
It’s the big day. Double-check where it is to be held and whom you have to ask for. Naturally give yourself plenty of time to get there – do not be late! If you find yourself outside the door twenty minutes early go and get a coffee and use the opportunity for a last chance to read your notes. If you are held up put a call through and tell whoever needs to know.
As any good media professional knows, presentation is key - and first impressions do last. Even if the company has a fairly relaxed dress code this is still an interview.
Ladies should dress smart casual. Men can’t really go wrong in a suit – if you get there and don’t see anyone wearing a tie, you can always put yours in your pocket. Once you’ve got the job you can get out the jeans and trainers!
If you are driving to the interview and using the company car park, be sure your car is clean. I know, I know… it’s a bit over the top but when impressions count, it’s worth making the right one.
On arrival be nice. She may only be the receptionist but she’s still a member of the company and might be best mates with your interviewer!
For Executive or Management roles bring along a portfolio of your work to illustrate your CV and the different projects you have worked on.
During the interview use the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learnt about the company. Both during the interview and at the end ask questions:
- Can you tell me about past campaigns?
- Can you tell me about on-going work?
- Can you tell me about future plans?
- Why do you enjoy working for the company?
- Remember, interested candidates always make interesting employees. Interviewers are generally proud of the company they work for and enjoy telling candidates about it.
- What are the initial priorities of the position?
- How does the position fit into the organisational structure?
- How much scope (autonomy, flexibility, career growth, responsibilities) is there within this position ?
- What is the company’s managerial style/culture ?
During the interview
- Smile and make eye contact.
- Relax and be friendly.
- Be positive and enthusiastic.
- Think about your body language.
- Don’t discuss salary until you’re offered the job!
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