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Remember the three P's... be prepared, punctual and professional!

As we’ve mentioned before, the first impression means a lot. Whether it’s your CV, your interview or the first day at your new job, that first impression is what makes a lasting impression.

Remember the 3 P’s… be prepared, punctual and professional.

We’ve put together some top tips for that all-important interview!

  1. Arrive 10-15 minutes early
  2. Dress smartly and professional
  3. Research the company beforehand
  4. Thoroughly read the job specification
  5. Engage in conversation
  6. Ask questions
  7. Follow up
  1. Arriving too early for an interview can make you look too keen. It can also give the wrong message and the staff may feel they need to entertain you so they also don’t leave a bad impression. However, being late can make you look unreliable and unprofessional, make sure you familiarise yourself with the location beforehand to avoid this and certainly call ahead if you’re at risk of running late!
  2. Looking smart of an interview doesn’t always have to be suited and booted but clean, ironed clothes give a good first impression. Research the job you are applying for and dress accordingly.
  3. Do your research on the company you are wanting to work for, this shows you’re interested and prepared. Looking at their social media profiles can be a great place to start.
  4. Understanding the job role is essential as it is a waste of your time and the employers if you don’t have the relevant experience. Having a thorough understanding on the job advert will help you to prepare so you can sell yourself and provide relevant examples of your skills and experience.
  5. Engaging in conversation can help you find common ground with the employer. Whether its work related or hobbies/ interests outside of work, this will be a good advantage and helps makes a lasting impression. Don’t be afraid to be yourself and show your personality!
  6. Prepare questions before you attend, this will allow you to find out more about the job role and the company. Not asking any questions can give the impression that you aren’t prepared. Taking a notepad with questions prepared can be a useful tip to ensure you remember them.
  7. Follow up with the employer within a few days, thanking them for their time. It’s important to show you’re interested and politeness can go a long way.

Here at Westray we have experienced consultants to help you to apply for your next role and who are happy to help with any queries when applying for our roles. Please feel free to get in touch via our website or call us on 0191 492 6622 and good luck with your job search!

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