I am attending an interview for the first time in years! Any advice you can give is greatly appreciated. - Lisa P.
The first interview at a company is always the most crucial, as first impressions are lasting. One needs to approach an interview with the utmost self-confidence, civility and professionalism. The wisest thing a candidate can do in preparation for an interview is to do research on the company by visiting the company website as well as profiling the person who will be conducting the interview, on portals such as LinkedIn, making sure that you do not go into the interview entirely blind and uninformed, but rather showing that you have taken initiative and interest in their organisation.
Remember to empower yourself in the meeting by asking questions relevant to the company and their current status and achievements, as well as selling yourself as a great candidate. Do not hesitate to boast about your qualities and what you have to offer the company, but in the same token do so with modesty so that you do not come across as arrogant and pretentious. Let them know that you are eager to learn and up for any challenge that you may face in your new role.
Dress for success! You do not want to give a bad imprint upon first glance, so make sure that you look neat and professional from head to toe - when you look good, you feel good! Show your interviewer that you are reliable by arriving early for your appointment and greet them with a strong, firm handshake, as this is seen as a strong reflection of your character.
Hope these tips help and all the best!
Do's & don'ts on your first day
I am starting my new job early next month and am very nervous. Do you have any advice on the do's & don'ts on your first day? - Phumi
Your first day in a new position is always a daunting one. This is not something out of the ordinary, so embrace it and take it in your stride. It is advised that you arrive early on your first day in order to make a good impression rather than arriving late and making your new employer question your reliability and tardiness.
Find out beforehand who it is you need to ask for upon arrival as well as what the company dress code is - bearing in mind that it is always better to overdress rather than underdress. It is best to get a good night's rest the night before, as well as eat a healthy breakfast to ensure that you are in the finest mental state for your big day, as you will be learning new things and meeting new faces.
Take your own basic stationary ie. notepad and pen to be prepared for induction and training that may take place - this shows forward thinking and initiative and will not go unnoticed by your new employer.
Lastly, go in with a positive attitude, ask as many questions as you can in order to display your enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Introduce yourself to your new colleagues and get to know them, as these are the people you will spend majority of your time with.
Enjoy and excel!
Remember to always love what you do! Juliette
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