New Year New Career – improve your interview technique

Interview Tips

Tips on how to prepare for an interview and how to create a good first impression.   The first 5 minutes of your interview is really important when you first meeting your interviewer and small things can make big differences.

  • Be smart and professionally dressed i.e. a business suit, clean shoes and tidy hair.
  • Arrive in plenty of time and take their telephone number in case you have a delay on your way.
  • Research indicates that around 92% of a judgment about a person is made within the first minute and a half of meeting.
  • Be prepared for your interview – research them on the internet and understand what they do and who you are being interviewed by.
  • How much do you want this job? (You )  Need to show your enthusiasm.
  • Have good eye contact with your interviewer or panel of interviewers – engage with them all.
  • Be aware of your body language, do not slouch as it will appear you are not interested.
  • Think if you were in the interviewers seat what would you want to know from yourself to recruit you for this vacancy.
  • Do not assume the Interviewer understands what your previous experience has entailed.
  • Answer the questions fully and give real examples of ‘how’ you have achieved a positive outcome, specify what these were and the benefits.  Be clear about what your personal contribution was and use ‘I’ rather than ‘we’.
  • If you are going for a Sales position then do not forget to close at the end of interview.
  • Take with you Qualification Certificates or proof of previous performances – companies always want to see proof of your successes if possible.
  • Think of relevant questions – interviews are not supposed to be one sided.  You need to make sure the job and the company is right for you.  Making a mistake can be painful for both parties.
  • Before leaving the interview, ask what the next stage is and how soon might you hear from them.
  • Interviews can be nerve wracking, particularly if you really want the job, so don’t forget to smile – the interviewer is also assessing whether your personality will fit into their company and we all like to deal with people we like in whatever business it may be.
  • If you have the opportunity of the interviewer’s email address send a short polite email to thank them for their time and to reiterate your interest in the role.

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