How to nail your next interview
Gone are the days of dropping the old resume into the local IGA, wearing jeans and your favourite shirt. No more putting ‘work experience’ on your resume when really you were just hanging out at your parents work when you were ‘sick’.
Real life is just around the corner and unfortunately things will begin to change. So coming from someone who’s been to their share of casual job and internship interviews, here are a few tips.
1. RESEARCH: Know the company you are applying for. Know their projects, their clients and the history and mention them in the interview. It will show that you are interested in the company and that you’ve shown initiative in doing your research.
2. RESUME: The formatting of this devil document is almost not worth it, but this is your opportunity to sell yourself before they even meet you. So check the spelling, grammar and don’t lie, because you will probably get caught.
3. COVER LETTER: ‘To whom this may concern’ is a no no. Know whom you are sending your resume to, know the company or the brand, or even a key contact at the company and personalise your cover letter.
4. BE PUNCTUAL: Turn up 20 minutes early even 30 just don’t turn up late.
5. DRESS THE PART: Have you seen the TV show Suits? Watch it and dress the way they dress.. In other words have a shower, do your hair and spend a little extra on putting together a professional outfit.
6. THE HAND SHAKE: A handshake can tell a lot about a person, so no wet fish (is that even a thing?). Keep it firm and look them in the eyes.
7. BE CONFIDENT: Not arrogant. Make them believe that you’re the best person for the job. Give examples of the work you have done and your relevant interests.
8. ASK QUESTIONS: Don’t be afraid to ask question. Have some prepared before you go in, they will appreciate that you have thought ahead.
Most importantly just be yourself!