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You've put a lot of work into your CV, you've been called for an interview (firstly, congratulations!) now is the time to ensure that your potential employers know that you'll be ideal for the job in your dream career. Without panicking you (that never helped anyone!), a lot rides on this day. You'll need to be confident without coming across to cocky - in my experience of working in retail, your interviewers will often make their minds up pretty quickly, so it's worth putting in some serious preparation before you head over for your interview. (This post contains a paid for advertorial but as always, all opinions are my own).

You may not have long to impress them, so you'll need to go fully armed with all your best attributes, a little wit, and not forgetting a question or two for them (this shows that you're interested in the role and you're keen, which is never a bad thing!). Therefore it's time to get your notes open on your phone and start typing some ideas down that will help you make the most of your upcoming interview. The following are some ideas and advice for those that are about to be interviewed for a job they really want and how to make a positive lasting impression.

1. Consider The Environment - you'll already know that you need to look as put together and smart as possible. However, it's worth considering the style of the company that you're planning to work for (fingers crossed!). If you're heading into a corporate business, where the new Jaguar F-Type SVR is very much the topic of conversation, turning up in fresh Yeezys and a Supreme top, wont go down very well. These are plenty of ways to incorporate (some) of your favourite labels and designs into an outfit that's expected. Make sure you've tried everything on, walked around and sat down in it and feel comfortable being yourself in the outfit. Add a little finesse any way you're able, without going overboard; when details stuck in an interviewer's mind, it'll help to remind them of you and the positive things you can bring to their team.

2. Gather Your Knowledge - an excellent way to impress a potential employer is to do some research on the brand that you're applying for and I think this is one of the most important things to do because if you're applying to work somewhere then they need to know that you're serious about the position as you're going to be potentially representing the company and advertising their products so they need to know that you actually believe in the product you're going to be selling. My advice is to get some background knowledge on the brand as this will show your enthusiasm and portray the effort that you've put in for the interview. There's nothing worse than a over-relaxed guy who doesn't say a lot and answers every question with a few beige words. Therefore, without bombarding them with facts, trickle-in the odd piece of information that you've picked up but make sure its relevant to what you're talking about.

3. Create Strength - the moment you walk into the environment should be where your confidence shines through. Eye-contact and a handshake will make a huge impression in any interview. Be polite to everyone as this makes such a good first impression. sit up right and have great posture. I'd also say to stay off your phone and make sure it's on silent. I know this is a weird one but don't be scared to show your nerves (not too much though) because if you go in and you're too relaxed to a point where it might seem that you don't really care and that's not what you want at all!

I hope you enjoyed this little midweek post - I really enjoy doing posts like these as it's one of those things that not a lot of us got taught in school and as someone who has had lots of interviews, I thought I'd share some of my top tips that I've learned along the way!

Disclaimer: This post contains a paid for advertorial but as always, all opinions are my own. Links within this post are affiliate links, which means I receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products through the links placed on my blog. This does not affect you as the consumer OR the price of the product.



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