How to score additional points prior to an actual interview?
6 quick tips.
So you’ve gone through the initial selection round with the recruitment company, your resume has made the grade and cut. The Employer is keen to interview….and sets an appointment.
How do you secure additional points in your journey to nailing this perfect job?
1. Early Bird – Arrive 15 minutes early – Check the address, and surrounding roads. Is there a busy intersection, or roadwork going on? Is this a hot spot, where police might be performing road blocks? Prepare your route the night before and take into consideration anything that may cause a delay. Nothing worse than being late and rushing into a reception all red faced and apologetic. Epic fail from the start.
2. Homework – Research the company; know the company culture you’re walking into. Look at their recent achievements, their footprint, know the CEO’s name – LinkedIn is a great tool for this.
3. Groom and Prepare – After doing your homework, the night before – GROOM GROOM GROOM. Set out that power suit, polish shoes, give yourself a manicure and do your hair. They say that Blue, Black and Grey are power colours for corporate environments. Don’t go flashy – bright green nail polish, won’t cut it. Add a splash of colour to your ensemble if you want – something that might reflect your personality – but keep it toned down and professional.
4. Game Face – as you walk towards the building or offices – begin selling yourself. Some companies actually ask Receptionists what they thought of potential candidates. Just because she or he is a receptionist, doesn’t mean they don’t matter. Be polite and friendly, smile and make eye contact. First impressions really do count.
5. Friend or Foe – So you’re sitting in the reception and a stranger sits down in an opposite chair, and from the looks of it, he is here for the same job. Yes he is your competition, but he may also be a future colleague too. Be polite, offer a smile or a nod – don’t scowl and put on your battle face. If you going to get this job – everything is on your shoulders and there is nothing he will do to stop you.
6. Energy – The Secretary or Hiring Manager finally comes to fetch you from reception. Be friendly and professional, offer to shake their hand (Firmly but don’t break it). When they start walking away – follow quickly. Don’t lag or tag along, and get lost in the corridors – be energetic. Remember they probably have to do this walk again in 30 minutes, so time is money.
So you finally seated at the board room table, and it’s now time to face the firing squad.
Take a deep breath, and repeat the Mantra – “This is mine”
Good luck – you’ve already scored a few extra points, just for showing up on time, being impeccably dressed and groomed, offering a smile and being polite. Showing your professionalism, optimism and energy from the get go.
The rest is up to you!