Job interviews are like first dates. Making a good impression counts, awkwardness can occur and the outcomes can sometimes be unpredictable. Let’s face it, not everyone likes interviewing for jobs, but there’s no getting around them. We spoke to some of our top advisers around the country to pull together five great tips that you need to know to nail your interview.
First impressions count:
First impressions are a very important aspect of the interview process, and what you do in the first few minutes of the interview is likely to set the stage for the rest of it. Always remember to get to the interview with plenty of time to spare, dress smartly and always greet the interviewer with a big smile and a firm handshake (but not too firm).
Never underestimate how important it is to prepare before an interview. This is something that’s actually quite straightforward to do, but is often overlooked One way to prepare is to know your CV inside out and write pre-planned (and practiced) answers to common interview questions that may come up.
Know your role and the company
It’s important to look over your job description in fine detail. Research the company you are interviewing for (see our blog here for more information on that). To impress in your interview, try to understand how your role fits into the company and contributes to “the bigger picture”.
This is a big part of the interview, but let’s face it – most of us find interviews can be unnerving. Coming across as confident includes maintaining good eye contact whilst speaking and listening, not talking too quickly, maintaining good upright posture and not fidgeting! Try adopting the “if you don’t feel it, fake it” mind-set. If you’re feeling shy – try acting like the most confident person you know.
So the interviewer has just asked you a question that you aren’t prepared for – what do you do? Don’t waffle. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the interviewer that you can remain calm and collected when you’re put under pressure. Take a deep breath, and ask the interviewer to give you a few moments to consider the question. Even better you could ask them to rephrase the question or repeat it to them thoughtfully. If you’re still stuck after this, just be honest and say that you’re really not sure and that you’d like to revisit the question later.
So there you have it: our top five tips on how to nail an interview. Feel like you could use some extra support?
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