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Tips for Students – Interviews (Part 2)

Tips for Students – Interviews (Part 2)

• Decide what you need to wear

Depending on what role you’re applying for, the interview may vary. If it’s a formal interview, please make sure you dress correctly – for example, a suit is always a good option. Even if the interview is an informal one where you might just be having a chat with the manager, make sure you still dress properly, iron your clothes and don’t wear shorts, sandals etc.

• Give yourself plenty of time

Ideally, you should visit the place before your interview date. However, if you can’t because of any reasons, you should arrive in the area at least an hour before to allow yourself enough time to look for the venue. Also, make good use of the internet. For example, you can have a look at the address in advance on Google Maps, familiarise yourself with the roads/street names and perhaps the shops around the address so that you can find the place easier on that day.

• Arrive on time

Please, please, please never be late for an interview. Ideally, you should arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes before, give yourself some time to familiarise yourself with the environment and get yourself prepared for the interview. The last thing you want to do is to rush into the interview, sweating and out of breath.

• Eye contact, smile, nod

There are a couple of things to pay attention to during the interview. Even if you’re nervous, remember to smile, make eye contact and nod. These show that you are confident with yourself, listening and you are happy to talk with the interviewer. Also, you are showing that you are excited about taking on the role. Imagine if you are the person hiring – would you hire someone that has no facial expression, who seems like they’re not paying attention and doesn’t care about the role?

• Treat every interview the same

Even if the position they offer may not be the one you wanted most, or if there are any reasons that you don’t particularly want the position, still treat that interview seriously. The more experience you get, the better your future interview will be.

See you next week!

Hoi Yan

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