Top 10 interview tips for success

  1. Make sure you leave enough time to get to your interview. Aim to arrive at least 10 minutes early to allow for any delays and to allow time to find parking. It is a good idea to check with the company if you can park on site and ask them for directions to their offices. If you are using public transport, make sure you familiarise yourself with the route and timings in advance. Know who to ask for when you arrive.
  2. Research the company. Use the internet to do your research – the company website and LinkedIn should have plenty of current information about the people who are interviewing you as well as background information about the company itself.
  3. Look at the job description and try to anticipate the sorts of questions you might get asked about the role, your experience and whether you are suitable. Try to come up with examples of when you have best demonstrated your skills. You can even practice these with a friend or family member ahead of time so you feel more comfortable.
  4. Ask ahead of time about the type of interview – will it require you to make a presentation, will it involve competency based questions or will it just be a short “get to know you” session at this stage.
  5. Dress to impress. Ask what the normal attire at their offices is and dress accordingly. First impressions count and you want to make a good impression!
  6. Think about your body language – even if you are nervous! Take a few deep breaths and remember to smile. Make eye contact with the people interviewing you and try not to speak too quickly.
  7. Have a drink and something to eat beforehand (although you might want to avoid too much caffeine or spicy foods). If you are offered something in the interview, a glass of water is handy if your mouth dries out from nerves.
  8. Listen carefully to what you are being asked. Try not to answer with just one word – you are allowed some time to think (it’s not an exam) and if your mind goes blank you can come back to it later on in the interview. If you don’t understand, or need clarification, don’t be afraid to ask.
  9. Think about some suitable questions to ask at the end of the interview – something about the role or the organisation is appropriate (might be wise to avoid questions about money and holiday at the first interview stage!)
  10. Remember an interview is your opportunity to shine so don’t be afraid to show your interviewer that you are capable and right for the role!

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