Interview lined up? Maybe you haven’t had one for a while or maybe your last one went awfully. Interviewing is intense. You meet someone for the first time and are expected to build a rapport, prove yourself better than the last 4 people they saw and explain how you are going to benefit the company. It’s a tough time for anyone, not just millennials. But, good news! There are a few extremely simple tips you can take to make sure you present your best you.
- Dress Comfortably
It’s easy to get carried away with your interview suit. You want to look your best to impress your potential future employer. However, this is not your wedding day. This does not mean turn up in baggy jeans and a branded tee shirt but it does mean be comfortable.
If you are a cold person then wear a jumper on top of your shirt – your next employer doesn’t need to see the length of your tie. If you sweat a lot under pressure or feel the change in heat easy (this is very real) then wear plenty of deodorant or an undershirt so you don’t worry about forming sweat patches. You have enough on your mind.
Do not buy a brand-new pair of shoes for your interview. Whilst it is wrong to judge a book by its cover, people do. And if you walk into an interview slipping and sliding, that sets a bad impression. On top of that, by the time you get off the train and find the office, your new blisters will be playing on your mind and on your feet.
2. Be Geographically Savvy
If it’s your first time interviewing in London then life can be a whirlpool. Tall buildings, tube stations and signs that don’t make sense. The same goes for most major cities but it can happen anywhere new to you. Google Maps becomes your best friend here. Make sure you know exactly where you are going and write down the instructions on your phone. The last thing you want is to bank on using Google Maps then find there is no 3G in the area. This can only lead to panic or lateness. Neither of which are useful in a job interview.
3. Don’t Be Late
If you are driving to your interview then make sure you leave yourself plenty of time for traffic, to get a flat tyre and to grab a bite to eat. If they don’t have a car park, make sure you find somewhere to park nice and early as you’ll need to walk the rest of the way – your Sat Nav doesn’t take into consideration walking time.
Get the earlier train or bus and lie to the person that is giving you a lift. Whatever you need to do, do it. There is no worse thing that turning up to an interview late without a valid reason. You hear stories about people being late and recovering superbly but that’s not something to aim for.
4. Don’t Be Early
On the flip side of this, whilst you have arrived in plenty of time, this doesn’t mean you need to go in immediately. As an interviewer, there’s nothing worse than your candidate turning up 40 minutes early. People have stuff to do and don’t want to be rushing around to accommodate you just because you’ve arrived early. Sit in your car, find a coffee shop or go for a walk and prepare yourself mentally – just not in their reception!
5. Do Your Research
This is a simple one that appears in any list. Usually, it’s associated with knowing all about the company and looking like you already fit in – and that’s fine. Ultimately, if you’ve done some background research into the company (some – you don’t need to know everything) then you show eagerness to work there and demonstrate that you want to be part of the team. This is leaps and bounds ahead of the other candidate that says, “not a lot” when asked what he/she already knows about the company.
So, now you’re ready to smash your next interview, it’s time to kick start that job search. Head over to our jobs page to see our latest selection of millennial roles.
Dominic Kent is a Technology Consultant and a Freelance Writer for hire. Versed in business and consumer technology, he regularly shares insights on the latest happenings in the industry as well as relating to everyday life. Find Dominic on LinkedIn here.