I have been to my fair share of interviews and I have definitely got used to them over the years. I feel as though I perform so much better in them now and I know a few things which will really gain you some bonus points with your potential future employer.
Thats why I wanted to share some tips with you all which I believe will definitely help you to ace any job interview you go for.
- Research the company.
This one is pretty self explanatory, the company will expect you to know what they do and the service they offer. They will quiz you on this so make sure you know the key points and any other important facts about the company.
- Know your CV/Resume off by heart.
It can look pretty embarrassing if you don’t know everything that is on your CV, make sure you take the time to learn your CV before the interview so you are prepared for any questions they may ask you about your education, employment history or skills.
- Prepare some questions and answers before the interview.
I always find that I feel more confident about an interview if I prepare some possible questions they may ask, you won’t know all the questions they are going to ask but most interviews follow a similar format and ask standard interview questions.
- Dress to impress.
Don’t make things harder for yourself by dressing inappropriately or not professional enough. You will have to work harder in the interview if they have already made a judgement on you by what you are wearing. Dress like you mean business, you want them to take you seriously.
- Arrive 10 minutes early.
This will give you time to look over your CV and your prepared questions and answers, you will also be able to gather you thoughts and settle into the environment. You do not want to make a bad first impression by being late and rushing into the office flustered.
- Relax – Don’t be too nervous, act confident.
This is a tip that I have learnt over the last year or so and it works. Even if you are incredibly nervous, don’t let your interviewer see this! Act confident even if you don’t feel it and they will believe it. Concentrate on your body language and tone of voice to make it believable.
- Give a firm handshake.
This one has been around for time but I feel like it gets overlooked, the type of handshake you give will tell a lot to your interviewer. A firm handshake will give a lasting impression that will definitely work in your favour.
- Don’t forget to smile.
It is actually very easy to forget to smile during an interview, especially if you are nervous. Remind yourself throughout to smile, it will unconsciously help you to feel more relaxed and you will come off as approachable and friendly which is a vital to your potential future employer.
- Help yourself to a drink (if offered).
If you are invited to help yourself to a drink while waiting for your interview to start, do it. It will show your interviewer that you were comfortable enough to do so and will also provide you with a few more seconds to think about an answer if you are asked any tricky questions.
- Ask questions.
Once the interview has concluded, most of the time you will be asked if you have any questions for your interviewer, make sure you have some prepared before the interview. Do not ask too many, I would say between 3-4 questions is a good start. One of those questions should be when you are likely to hear back (i.e whether you have the job or not), this will let your potential employer know you are keen.
I hope you found these tips useful! Thank you so much for reading.
See you next time!
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