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It’s important to make a good first impression when interviewing.  That can be a nerve-wracking situation for anyone, yet, with a bit of preparation and know-how, it’s possible to progress successfully.

With Stoneacre Motor Group that specialises in nil deposit car finance, we’ll share top tips about how to nail your upcoming interview so you get the job of your dreams.

  • Preparation is key

It’s all in the name. If you fail to prepare, that shows to the interviewer that you don’t care enough about a job to do even basic research, and who would like to hire someone who isn’t interested in the company or the job?

So prepare, and find out the information about the brand, its values, people and goals, as well as what the job entails and prepare to ask questions of your own! It’s a two-way street and an opportunity for everyone to get to know one another.

  • Practice interview questions

Many questions can come up during the interview. The best way to prepare is to check the job listing, as it lists the responsibilities where you can easily recognise possible interview questions. Additionally, practice the most common interview questions in the industry, you can usually find a long list of them, so it’s easy to prepare.

  • Dress for the occasion

You should be dressed professionally when going to an interview to make a good first impression. Ask an interviewer about the dress code if it’s unclear, so you’re in the right place. Sometimes, the employer will say whether you need to bring anything and how to dress. If in doubt, a blazer with trousers or a skirt or a mid-length dress with smart shoes should do the trick.

  • Show Your Personality

Many applicants come in prepared and well-dressed, yet it’s not quite enough. You should let your personality through when interviewing to bond with an interviewer and find common ground. No one likes a robot, so don’t be afraid to talk about your interests and share information that isn’t written on a CV.

  • Only bring the essentials to an interview

You’re there for an interview, not a house move, so pack lightly and only bring interview essentials, such as a copy of your CV, references, portfolio (if needed), an ID and a bottle of water. Keep your bag organised and within easy reach, so you can quickly grab the essentials when needed and can focus on an interview, as well as minimise distractions.

  • Make sure to come on time

Ever heard a saying if you’re on time, then you are late? Well, this applies to interviews too. Show up at least 15 or 10 minutes earlier, so you have time to get to know the environment and find the correct building, as well as catch your breath before an interview. Being late will set a poor first impression, which can ruin the entire interview, as it shows that you have poor time-management skills and don’t respect your potential employers’ time.

  • Ask smart questions

Don’t skip an opportunity to ask questions towards the end, as it shows you’re interested in the position and can also learn more about the company and the job that wouldn’t be apparent just from the job description.  

After an interview has finished, don’t be afraid to reach out, and thank for the opportunity to get to know the business and the interviewer. Many people skip this step which is fine, but if you want to stand out from the crowd, this small gesture can go a long way.

Hopefully, these tips will help you with an upcoming interview and you’ll get a job you’ve always wanted – good luck!