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How To Behave In Your Motor Trade Interview

By Ashley Camies on the 21 April 2017 in Advice and Guides

You’ve updated your CV, prepared for your interview and now the day of your interview is here. For a lot of people, interviewing can be a very nerve-wracking experience.

An important thing to remember is that you have been invited to interview for a reason. Your prospective employer already thinks you can do the job on paper, so now is your chance to show your ability and win the job with your knowledge and personality.

First Impressions, Body Language and how you Conduct Yourself throughout the interview are vital to your success - follow these handy tips to ensure you are giving off the best impression possible in your Motor Trade Interview.

First Impressions

First impressions are often near on impossible to change. Without realising, everyone you make contact with before your interview will form an opinion of you – and they may feed this opinion back to the hiring manager, so it is crucial you make this opinion a good one.

1. Make sure you arrive early.
It is good practice to arrive about ten minutes before your interview is due to begin.
This will put your mind at ease before the interview as you will not arrive flustered and panicking that you will be late. It will give you a good chance to compose yourself, take a sip of water to ensure your voice isn’t dry or about to crack and to relax.
You will also be able to take in the atmosphere in the dealership or garage. Being early shows a willingness to attend the interview, highlighting your interest to the employer for the role.
Whilst being early is good – do not arrive too early, the person interviewing you has given you this time for a reason and they may see it as an inconvenience if you are too early.

2. Treat Everybody you Encounter with Courtesy and Respect
Remember, the people you are meeting before the interviewer have the potential to be your colleagues. Their opinion will count. If you are rude or blunt with the receptionist, this will undoubtedly be fed back to the interviewer. You will never be aware of the structure of the company until you are working there, the people greeting you and directing you to your interviewer could very well be decision makers – be polite, friendly and maintain good eye contact at all times!

3. Your Appearance
As we always stress, it is crucial that you dress for success! A suit or appropriate business attire should always be worn. Make sure your shoes are polished; you will be shaking hands so you need to have clean hands and nails! Make sure you walk with confidence, smile at everyone you encounter – the interviewer will probably see you before they hear you, so make sure you are looking sharp!

4. Firm handshake
The handshake is a difficult one to master. Too weak and it’s a bit of an awkward hand-hold and portrays a lack of confidence. Too strong and you run the risk of crushing someone’s hand! Get some practice in beforehand on both Male and Females – you’ll be able to suss out what works best this way. Make sure you remember to let go….

Body Language

1. Make eye contact
Eye contact goes a long way. If you make eye contact it shows you are engaged in the conversation. It helps show you are taking an interest in what they are saying and if you can maintain eye contact whilst speaking about yourself, it shows a degree of honesty. Don’t be too intense however; nobody likes to be stared at.
2. Think about how you are seated.
To continue portraying a professional image you must make sure you are sat in an appropriate manner. Try to remain in an upright position at all times. Slouching gives off the vibe that you are bored or not interested in what the person is saying. This is also true when you cross your arms – it makes you appear closed off from the person interviewing you.
3. Smile!
People will warm to you if you smile. Smiling will make you appear more relaxed, comfortable and most importantly likeable!
4. Don’t Fidget
You don’t want to come across stiff, so movement is advised. However, playing with your hair, tapping your feet fiddling with your bag will make you look uncomfortable in the interview. It could also make you appear nervous or worse – bored! If you find it hard to stay still, ask if you can take notes. This will occupy your hands, and will show your interest!

Behaviour in Interview

1. Use proper English
You are in a business environment. It is important that you do not use slang or words that could be deemed unprofessional. Pay attention to what you are saying and how you are saying it. It is never appropriate to swear or use phrases that could be deemed offensive.
2. Don’t act desperate!
If it comes across that you are desperate for a job it could put your potential employer off! They will think you have applied for the job because you need it rather than because you want it. An interview is a chance for you to display how much you want to work for their company. Make sure you have researched them and are aware of what the job entails – if you haven’t it will look like you don’t care.
3. Remain positive
Whilst you have your reasons for looking for a new job, focus on the positives a new job could bring. This isn’t a chance for you to berate your current employer, or moan about how the bonus structure you were promised never materialised. Speaking negatively about your current employer shows a lack of loyalty, this can be detrimental! Let them know you see this role as a positive career move, rather than an escape route!
4. Sell yourself
Don’t rely on your CV to do the selling – this is your chance to expand on your skills and knowledge! Questions should not be answered with a simple yes or no, expand on your answers and link it back to ways you have shown initiative or have been productive previously. If you have stats from previous roles, use these to your advantage!

It goes without saying that you should also never check your phone during an interview; make sure it has been switched to silent. Avoid smoking before your interview and do not ask any inappropriate questions. If you are interested in how many sick days you get, this will set alarm bells off in the interviewers head. Questions such as these should wait until an offer has been made.

Once you have finished your interview, ask if you can have a tour of the building and see the area you would be working within – this again demonstrates your willing and interest in the role. Whilst having the tour, it is a good chance to speak to the interviewer about the next steps; Do they have many more people to see? When will you hear from them? Will there be a second interview?

Don’t forgot to call your Recruitment Consultant at Perfect Placement – we always want to hear your feedback and will be in the position to give you feedback from your interviewer and will arrange the next steps in the process for you!

Good Luck!

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