Top 5 Interview Tips
1. Do your research
Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you've done your homework on things like their last year's profits and latest product launches. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.
LinkedIn will give you additional information as well as an insight into the company's culture according to what they are posting. This is a good way to see what the employees and your potential future colleagues may be like including the interviewer!
Twitter and Facebook are also good for the same reasons. You may be asked what you think of their LinkedIn or Twitter presence. Interviewers sometimes like to use their interviewees as a way to get insights and opinions from a fresh pair of eyes.
2. Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job.
3. Look the part
Appearances shouldn't matter, but the plain fact is that you only have 7 seconds to make a first impression and this is mostly based on how you present yourself. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. Dressing one level above the job you're applying for shows a desire to succeed. If in doubt take a look at our interview wardrobe tips.
4. Stay calm
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and the may be nervous too! running late or being rushed.
Night before checklist:
- A print out of a map
- The company address written down
- Contact numbers in case you do get lost
- Names and positions of your interviewers
- Outfit ready and ironed
- A few printed versions of your CV/presentation, plus spares
- Check your interview confirmation for any checklists of stuff you have to bring such as a copy of your passport, you will look disorganised if you fail to bring what is required.
5. Ask questions
You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some which will give you more information about the job and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company. Examples are:
- Why has the position become available?
- How many people owuld I be working with?
- Are there opportunities to progress along the line?
- Does the company have any plans to expland?
- Will I have the opportunity to develop my skills?
Avoid asking about holiday entitlement and sick pay at your interview as it will give the impression you are more concerned about time off than working!
Top 5 Interview Tips
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