With 28 years of experience in the recruitment, training and management game, Natasha is one woman worth listening to when it comes to landing a job.
If you are lucky enough to be selected for an interview:
Be humble, yet confident! Remember you are selling an amazing asset – YOURSELF! If you find it difficult to talk about yourself, think about how people who love you talk about you.
Make sure you know the location, date and time you are meeting them at and arrive early.
Wear appropriate clothing that suits the role. Example – If the role is in a retail store, try to wear their clothing and look like you already work there. (You wouldn’t wear a suit if it’s a trade person’s position, nor would you wear shorts and a t-shirts if it’s an office position.) If you are not sure, it’s okay to ask them.
As mentioned above, research the business first. They will usually ask you what you know about them, so be prepared with your answers.
Prior planning prevents poor performance, so prepare your answers before you go to what questions you think they might ask so you don’t freeze up and struggle to answer.
If you do get stumped during the interview, it is ok to let them know you’re a little nervous (because that is pretty natural!) before taking a breath, smiling and moving on. It is also better to say “I don’t know” or “I don’t know yet, but I will find out” than to make something up.
Be positive, try to avoid negative words and never speak badly of others.
Talk the talk but make sure you walk the walk. This means anyone can talk themselves up but to actually deliver on what you say is kind of important.
Be open to being offered other positions within the organisations you’d most like to work in. It’s usually easier to work toward your ideal role from inside an organisation.