The most shining CV with the most glowing credentials mean little if you make a mess of that all-important, face-to-face meeting with your prospective employer.

Preparation

You can never be 'too smart' for an interview, although you can 'overdress'. As a general rule, you should try to be 'conservative' in dress and forsake your own personal dress sense, just to get that job!

 

Men 

  • A smart suit is essential. No loud shirts
  • Keep jewellery to a minimum: no earrings or large rings, necklaces or bracelets.
  • Tie your hair back if you wear it very long.
  • No 12 o'clock shadows, always shave. Do not wear too much aftershave.
  • Pay extra attention to personal hygiene - don't eat garlic for lunch, drink strong coffee, alcohol or smoke just before you go in for the interview! Mints may come in handy if so!
  • No carrier bags - invest in a brief case.

 

Women

  • Never dress down to an interview. A smart suit or smart trousers or skirt (knee length) with a shirt/smart top is acceptable or a smart dress (again knee length). Be careful not to be too trendy.
  • Always wear tights if wearing a skirt/dress. (Take a spare pair with you just in case!)
  • Limit the jewellery you wear. Only one pair of earrings and take out any other visible piercings.
  • Take care that any nail varnish isn't chipped. The colour should not be too dark. It’s fine to not wear nail varnish
  • Carry a briefcase/executive case or smart handbag - no carrier bags.
  • Ensure your hair is neat and if long could be tied back for an extra smart effect.
  • Pay extra attention to personal hygiene - don't eat garlic for lunch, drink alcohol or strong coffee before an interview.
  • Don't forget to carry an umbrella in case it rains.

 

Get there smoothly 

  • Find out in advance exactly where the interview is, and how to get there. Double-check the address and directions. Look up the correct tube, rail connections and timetables and check for any delays.
  • Make sure you have the company's telephone number to call if you are unavoidably late. This is usually appreciated - and will save your nerves, too!
  • Aim to arrive around 5-10 minutes early, but no earlier; it can be annoying and leave you 'stewing' for too long.
  • Don't be put off by the outside of a company's building - appearances can be deceiving.
  • Don't just fail to turn up. It is common courtesy at least to call if you've changed your mind about attending.
  • Be clear for which position you are being interviewed. If you go to an interview knowing more about the company it shows keenness and will add to your confidence. New Frontiers will gladly give you any information we have about the company and vacancy.
  • Make sure you have an extra copy of your CV to give to the interviewer. Asking for it to be photocopied will be, at best, annoying. Think about presentation. Certificates and references can be displayed in a smart presentation folder. Keep your CV neat and tidy, ideally in a clear plastic folder. Creased, old envelopes will not do much for your image.

 

Last Minute Confidence Boost

  • If you smoke, carry some mints to freshen your breath. But never go into an interview chewing gum or sucking sweets.
  • Don't be put off by the outside of a company's building - appearances can be deceiving. Don't just fail to turn up. It is common courtesy at least to call if you've changed your mind about attending.
  • Be clear for which position you are being interviewed. If you go to an interview knowing more about the company it shows keenness and will add to your confidence. New Frontiers will gladly give you any information we have about the company and vacancy.
  • Make sure you have an extra copy of your CV to give to the interviewer. Asking for it to be photocopied will be, at best, annoying.
  • Think about presentation. Certificates and references can be displayed in a smart presentation folder. Keep your CV neat and tidy, ideally in a clear plastic folder.
  • Creased, old envelopes will not do much for your image.

Jose joined New Frontiers in 2000 working a variety of roles from recruitment consultant to in-house recruiter and staff trainer and now General Manager. Jose has a wealth of travel industry experience having worked in travel for 8 years prior to joining New Frontiers with roles in retail and for a tour operator.