If you’re currently on the job market and have an all important interview on the horizon, take a look at our useful pointers to leave a lasting impression.
Tip 1: Make every second count
When you arrive at the interview, greet the interviewer(s) with good eye contact, a friendly smile and a firm handshake. You may not be aware but the interview will have already started. As your’re walking from the reception area or as you enter the interview room, the interviewer(s) will instantly make decisions about whether or not they like you so it’s important that your first impression is a good one.
Tip 2: Do you research
Research the following areas thoroughly; the job brief, the company and their products/ services. Reading the job brief before the interview will give you a clear idea of what your duties will be (should you get the job) and what will be expected of you. Research on the company and it’s products/ services will give you an understanding of the company’s culture, customers, figures and goals, as well as, provide you with key talking points to confidently market yourself in the interview.
Tip 3: Practice your answers
Each interview will contain various different questions, however, you can guarantee that some common questions about your strengths, weaknesses and why you think you’re the best candidate for the role will pop up. For these questions, make sure you have clear and well structured answers. Be ready and assured to put forward your experience, abilities and skill sets (with examples for each) that relate to the company and the job on offer. When answering unique questions, don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer(s) to repeat and/or further explain what is being asked of you. It’s better to seek clarification while taking a moment to gather your thoughts than blindly answer a question you’re unsure about. You should also have a list of three to five questions of your own to ask the interviewer(s). This will further demonstrate your interest in the job and help leave a good lasting impression.
Tip 4: Stay calm and keep positive
Plan your route and arrive a few minutes early to give yourself enough time to compose yourself before meeting the interviewer(s) or entering the interview room. Stay calm throughout and maintain a good positive attitude. This will help you to speak clearly and confidently and deal with any unexpected surprises. If in doubt remember, the people sitting opposite you are regular people who may even be nervous too.
Tip 5: Follow up
After the interview is over, send a follow up email detailing all the valuable skills and experience you can bring to the job. This will be your last chance to impress the interviewer(s) and swing the role your way.
In short, the key to interview success is to Practice, Prepare and Perform. By remembering these three P’s and the points above, you’ll be able to market yourself confidently and impress your interviewer(s) in the best possible way.
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