A job interview is one of the most high-pressure, intensely competitive experiences you'll ever go through and, unless you impress from the very outset, your chances of scoring your dream job are significantly reduced.
So how do you make sure you stand out for all the right reasons?
We’ve provided you with our top tips to help you on your way to success:
Be on time
It might sound obvious, but definitely make sure you are on time for your interview. Plan the route to your destination and even practice getting there on a day before the interview date. Make sure you arrive around 10-15 minutes early to allow for some time to compose yourself. You don’t want to turn up in a panic as it will set you off on the wrong foot from the outset.
Remember your manners
When you meet your interviewers, introduce yourself by your full name, smile, make eye contact and outstretch your hand for a firm, confident handshake. It’s always good to dress accordingly too, so make sure you are wearing a smart outfit that creates a good impression. This helps to break the ice and sets you up well before you’ve begun selling yourself.
Do your research
When you arrive at your interview you will want to know as much as possible about the club you are interviewing for. From the reining manager to the corporate team or catering staff, make sure you do your research and find out about individuals who you would be reporting to and working with.
Be prepared to give examples
Employers tend to look for examples of real scenarios which showcase your attributes and let them know that you are competent for the role. It would therefore be recommended that you prepare a few different examples of previous experience that would apply to the new job role.
Look at the person specification and prepare examples of how you have met these points in previous roles. Write them down pre-interview – that way you are more likely to recall the information when put on the spot.
Turn any negatives into a positive
What happens if you don’t have experience within one aspect of the job? We advise you to be honest and let them know, however, make sure you back it up with a positive. For example, let them know that you are undertaking further training and aim to be at a certain standard within a certain timeframe. Your eagerness to improve and develop will impress.
Contact your interview panel after you have had your interview and follow up with a personal note/email. Thank them for taking the time to meet you and let them know that you are happy to provide any additional information should they request it.
With these basic tips you are sure to be on the right path to employment at your dream club. Good luck!
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