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Interview Top Tips

Interview Top Tips

The most exciting yet dreaded part of the job search process is the interview. Sweaty palms, fidgeting, increased heart rate…it happens to the best of us and can hinder your chance of success. Luckily, we have some great tips to help you combat the nerves and secure the job.

 

Be prepared:

Doing your homework and learning as much as you can about the company beforehand shows the interviewer that not only would you be an asset, but that you understand the company too. There are many ways to do this, but the easiest ways are usually:

  • Company Website
  • Glassdoor.com
  • LinkedIn
  • Social Media/Press Releases

Dress to impress:

Making a good first impression starts with how you look and what you are wearing. Therefore, it’s important to dress professionally and look the part. Inappropriate attire can create an unwelcome distraction, which can make the interviewer focus on how you look, rather than what you have to offer.

Don’t be late:

One sure fire way to make sure you don’t get the job is to show up late. There is no excuse for being late and doing so will only annoy your interviewer before you start. By showing up on time, it not only shows that you are organised and punctual, but it tells the interviewer that you respect and value their time. So, aim to arrive at least 10 – 15 minutes in advance.

Practice, practice and practice again:

No matter how prepared you are, practicing some typical interview questions can be incredibly useful. This gives you a framework for your responses, so that you won’t be scrambling around for answers during your interview. When we are stressed or anxious, we talk too fast or fluff our words. Practicing helps you to bring out the confident person you are when you’re in the hot seat.

Make a positive impression:

There are several ways you can make sure you leave the interviewer with a positive impression:

  • Smiling and making eye contact are two excellent gestures to achieve this
  • Make sure your answers are relevant and engaging to avoid the interviewer becoming bored
  • Do not under any circumstances bad mouth a former boss or colleague – no matter how horrendous they were, interviewers do not want to hear it

If you struggle with interviews and would like to boost your chances of success by working with one of our fully trained Interview Coaches, click here, or give us a call in the office on: 01744 832 589

Karen Dunbar is a CV Consultant, Professional Writer and mum of one with a passion for helping people secure their dream jobs and a talent for transforming seemingly boring words into compelling content. She talks a lot, loves blueberry muffins and has an obsession with owls!