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Seven Tips to a Successful Interview

14th August 2014

Job interviews can be a nerve racking experience, we’ve all been through them but some people undoubtedly perform better than others when put under pressure. If you’re thinking about changing jobs then these handy tips will help you ace your interview.

1. Do your research

Spending a quick five minutes on the company website doesn’t make the grade in today’s recruitment world. You need to delve deeper into the company, look them up on social media, see who works there, look up the owners and even their performance records, this will give you a better understanding of the business.

2. Look the part

The first thirty seconds of an interview are crucial, you need to make a great first impression and how you look is a big part of this. Be sure to dress appropriately, smart office wear is generally expected at interviews but this obviously depends on the position you’re applying for, if you’re unsure on the dress code check before your interview.

3. Practice your answers

It may sound silly to practice your answers before you know the questions but if you practice answering common interview questions you will be prepared if they do come up. You should always be prepared to answer questions about your strengths and weaknesses, why you are leaving your current position and why you would be right for the role.

4. Stay calm

Interviews can be stressful and the majority of people will get nervous but being prepared will help you stay calm. Practice your answers and plan your outfit the night before, you should also plan your route and leave plenty of time to allow for delays. Remember that your interviewer(s) are human too so they may also be nervous.

5. Be aware of yourself

It’s not just the way you answer questions that will be scrutinised during your interview, the way you conduct yourself says a lot about you as a person. Sitting back in your chair or with your arms folded can look like you’re uninterested, instead ensure you make eye contact with your interviewer(s) and smile, lean forward when answering questions to show you’re committed to the conversation.

6. Ask questions

As the interview comes to a close most interviewers will ask if you have any questions so it’s important to have some prepared. Prepare five questions which will give you more insight in to the company, its goals, progression, culture or structure, some of these may be answered during the course of the interview but make sure you save one for the end to show your interest in the position.

7. Leave a lasting impression

Your interviewer is likely to be seeing other candidates who have applied for the same position so it is important to leave a lasting impression and stand out from the crowd. We don’t mean do cartwheels or your best magic trick, but making sure you connect with the interviewer can be key to sticking in their minds. The conversation you have as they walk you out of the building can be just as important as the interview itself, so don’t just leave in silence!

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