If you are new to the job interview process, you might be nervous because you don’t really know what to expect. If so, here are some interview tips, which are practical for job seekers:
- Dress professionally: The way you dress tells employers who you are. So wear smart dress. It is Ok for you to wear school uniform if you are still a student or fresh graduate but make sure your clothes are clean and tidy.
- Arrive early: It is recommended that you arrive at the interview fifteen minutes before it starts. Coming late for a job interview is unacceptable and can reflect poorly on your time management skills. If you will be unavoidably late, call to inform the employer of the delay or rearrange the interview if possible.
- Make a positive impression: First impressions count. When you meet the interviewers, make sure that you are friendly and smile.
- Use good eye contact: When you answer questions, you need to keep good eye contact. This means that you are confident, attentive and value them. Avoid losing eye contact too long when you are trying to think of the answers.
- Listen well: It is important that you pay attention to the questions asked.. Sometimes the interviewers may ask one question that includes two or more main points, so make sure that you understand them correctly before answering them. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification.
- Use correct grammar and simple vocabulary: Many job interviews will be conducted in English. Avoid using complicated tenses or passive forms, which sound unnatural. The common tense recommendation is present simple, past simple, and simple future tenses. Also, word choice should be simple and commonly used in everyday life.
- Feel relaxed: Don’t get nervous or too eager to answer questions. Speak naturally and try to think that it is just an employment discussion, not a serious job interview. Nervousness makes you confused and forget your preparation.