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Stage 5 - Interview Day

Choose what you are going to wear well in advance of the interview.  

It sounds a bit silly, but one of the biggest worries for interviewees is what they should wear. It is a toughie, particularly as more and more offices are adopting more relaxed dress codes.

Ultimately it’s about looking professional and well presented and that you have taken time to choose your outfit rather than dragging something out from under the bed! 

Make sure your clothes are clean, well pressed and they fit.  What shoes are you going to wear?  Make sure they are clean and suitable for the travelling you are planning.

FLIP FLOPS will never be the right choice.

Check the weather forecast every day a week before your interview. 

Will it be hot?  This is will increase your chance of sweating so ensure you are wearing light fitting clothes.  Dark colors like navy and black won’t show wet stains that badly, and neither will very light colors like whiteGrays, blues, and bright colors are the worst options for hiding sweat, and they’ll definitely show the world that you can’t stand the heat.

Is it going to rain?  Take an umbrella in case you get caught in a shower. 

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think of how you are travelling to the interview

How are you getting to the interview? If travelling by car, bus or train you may get creases on your clothes.  Take off your jacket whilst travelling / make sure when you sit down you smooth your trousers / skirt. . 

how to give yourself the best chance of success

Allow plenty of time on the day to prepare yourself.  Have breakfast (do not turn up to an interview with a growling stomach).  Take time in grooming yourself.  Get dressed slowly and calmly.    All of these actions will not only make you feel prepared and confident, they will also show the interviewers that you are serious about this job and you can manage your time and appearance well!

If you have carefully followed the 5 stages of planning and really made the time to prepare, you are now ready for the Interview.

Please remember, if you are unsuccessful in getting the position:

  • Keep applying for Apprenticeship Schemes, there are new ones being posted every week
  • Keep practising your interview questions
  • Remember, do your best and you will find the right opportunity for you

the heon team would like to wish you lots of success for your future and we are here to support you along the way

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