There are three key things to remember when it comes to interviews:
Presentation - first impressions last. The interviewer will expect to see your smartest, most professional side.
Punctuality - allow plenty of time. Be punctual. If you do find yourself unavoidably delayed, notify the company immediately, giving reason and your estimated time of arrival.
Conduct - be alert and enthusiastic on the first meeting and maintain a high level of eye contact. It is often the candidate who has shown the most interest that is successful.
If you have any reservations about the role/company, don’t show them. They may elaborate on details at a later stage that revive your interest, but by then your chance will have been lost. Remember - you can always turn down second interviews and job offers if you are not interested in the role.
If the interviewer opens a discussion on salary, always indicate a range rather than a specific salary, so that your options remain open for negotiation.
Some more handy interview tips:
Find out as much as possible about the company through its website (corporate history, press releases, reports and reviews, it’s brands, products, offices and stores)
Make sure you review your CV and have positive answers if the interviewer wants more detail on the information you have supplied
Be prepared to talk about problem solving, which matters you performed well, specific strengths and skills and why you enjoyed various aspects of your previous positions
Read the job description carefully and think of ways in which your experience would benefit the company and where the challenges may lie for you
Prepare the questions that you want answered and ask them at the end of the interview.
Don’t worry about having interview nerves to some degree - it is only natural.
Remember - preparation is the key to feeling comfortable in the interview environment.
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Retailworld Resourcing is a recruitment agency that specialises in the retail sector. We place people in retail jobs in New Zealand and retail jobs in Australia, throughout all areas and levels within the retail industry.
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