Interview Tips

Whether you’re applying for your first job and are new to the interview process or are just a bit out of the swing of things, a job interview can be a daunting experience. Thorough preparation and the way that you present yourself on the day can be crucial to your success, so there are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

To guarantee that you stand out from the crowd and identify yourself as the ideal person for the job, follow these simple tips:

1) Do your research:

Ahead of your interview, make sure that you have thoroughly researched the company, including what they do, what their company culture and values are, what the team structure is like and even who their competitors are. Make yourself familiar with who your interviewer is, so that you have an understanding of what their role is at the company and what kind of professional relationship you would have with them if you were to land the role.

It will reflect well on you if you are knowledgeable about some of the company’s past and ongoing projects and can share some relevant and innovative ideas about how you could be of assistance to them in real life scenarios.

2) Understand why there is a vacancy:

Is this job opening a newly created role? Or are you replacing a previous employee and will be taking on their existing responsibilities? Try to find out ahead of your interview, as a different approach and skills may be required to succeed. Identify your relevant skills that will be of benefit in this role and explain how they would suit the requirements of the role.

3) Know the path that you would like your career to follow:

Have a clear idea of where you would like your career to go and what you would like to achieve. Build a story, so that you can explain the journey that has lead you to your interview with their organisation. You want them to feel like the role you are interviewing for is exactly the right step for you to take in your career and that it is something you really want and wish to progress in.

Explain how your past experiences will be valuable in this role and how they will benefit you and the team. Don’t be afraid to tell your interviewer about what you have learnt from past failures if you can illustrate what you have learnt from it and how it will benefit you in the future.

4) Body language can speak volumes:

Body language can tell you a lot about what somebody is thinking or feeling. Pay attention to how your interviewer is behaving to gage how your interview is going. If they’re fiddling or losing eye contact, they may be losing interest in what you are saying, so best to wrap it up. Also, if they cross their arms, it’s possible they’re feeling a little bit uncomfortable. Be aware of your own body language, as nerves and your general interest in the role can be interpreted by the way you compose yourself.

Eye contact is also essential for establishing a connection with you interviewer and will make you appear confident in what you are saying. Try not to maintain direct eye contact for too long though, as it can appear like you are challenging the interviewer.

5) Thank your interviewer:

It’s needless to say that you should thank your interviewer for their time at the end of your job interview, but it’s also good practice to send them a follow up message promptly after your appointment to show your appreciation for the opportunity, whether it’s in the form of a handwritten note or a personalised email. It will leave a good lasting impression and demonstrates your commitment and genuine interest in joining the company.


About Sophie Deering

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