Today marks the start of National careers week, a celebration combining careers guidance and free resources in education throughout the UK. The aim of NCW is to encourage careers guidance at a vital stage in the academic calendar that prepares young people for leaving education and joining the world of work. There has never been a bigger need for careers advice to be promoted throughout the UK in education, with figures illustrating such a high youth unemployment rate. National Careers Week is a platform to advise and inspire our next generation as they enter their careers. In aid of NCW our HR Manager Emma Hart has shared with us her top tips for succeeding in a technical interview at Visualsoft, and her tips for building your career.
We all know interviews can be a pretty daunting experience, it’s normal to feel nervous when you have an interview because you want to do your best. To make the process as pain free and comfortable as possible we recommend the following:
Relax and be yourself
Keep a positive mental attitude. It might not be your usual surroundings and you might think you’re terrible in interviews, but the main thing to remember is to be yourself. Be honest at all times throughout the process – the worst thing you can do is pretend to be something you’re not. If you don’t know something, then tell us, but stress afterward your willingness to learn any skill you may be lacking.
Preparation is key
Fail to prepare and prepare to fail. You cannot do enough preparation for an interview and an unprepared candidate is as clear as daylight to the interviewer. Research the company, the department you’d be in and most importantly the job role you’re applying for. Study the job description and make sure you’re the right person for the role. Research your technical subject matter to ensure you’re prepared for any questions that may come your way – prepare a list of questions to ask the interviewer at the end too!
First impressions count
Be on time for your interview, no earlier than 10-15 minutes prior and certainly never late! Punctuality is important – if you cannot arrive to an interview for a job on time then the interviewer has every right to believe this reflects your attitude to work. We operate a pretty casual dress policy here at Visualsoft but it is important to dress appropriately for your interview – remember that this could be your future employer and first impressions count. Be confident when highlighting your experience and be proud of what you have to offer, but try to keep in mind that there is a very fine line between confident and over confident. Make sure you listen to what others have to say, especially if you’re taking part in a group interview, and never interrupt.
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