Job Interview Tips

Got an important job interview coming up? Want to stand out from the rest of the applicants? Then read the following great tips on how to make the right impression at your interview which will result in you getting a fantastic job offer!

Nerves

It is natural to feel nervous before an interview.

Nerves are not necessarily a bad thing they show your potential employer you care! But if you are too nervous you are more likely to rush the interview and forget the key points. Remember your interviewer is willing you to succeed and will fully understand your nervousness. Take plenty of deep breaths and breathe out slowly, this will encourage you to slow down and help you to create a more confident impression.

Speaking Clearly and Confidently

When you speak you want the interviewer to sit up and take notice of what you say.

Remember the first impression is normally the lasting impression. If your words are unclear or muddled your interviewer will quickly lose interest. Take your time over each word and avoid saying ‘you know what I mean’ the chances are he/she will not.

First Impression

Your interviewer will make a judgement about you before you even open your mouth – he/she will note your body language.

Make a confident entrance! Make sure you look the interviewer in the eye and ensure that your handshake is nice and firm and always say ‘it’s a pleasure to meet you. It is very difficult to project a confident and enthusiastic manner if you slouch back in your chair. Sit up nice and straight and slightly lean forward. Maintain constant eye contact, this will help give you a confident style. It is important to maintain eye contact during the entire interview. If you are being interviewed by a panel give around 3 or 4 seconds of eye contact randomly to all the individuals on the panel. Avoid staring at any particular individual.

Make an Impression

Always know exactly where you are going before you set off for your interview.

It always helps to do a ‘dummy run’ before your actual interview date. This will ensure you know how much time to allow before you set off. It will also let you know if there are any road works you should allow extra time for. Being late for an interview no matter what the reason will always set a negative tone. Also, if you arrive too early please wait and only announce your arrival no more than ten minutes before your appointment time.

Typical Interview Questions

Obviously, each interviewer is different but we have picked a selection of the more common questions asked at interviews.

Please take the time to read down the list and give some thought to your answers on the questions that might be applicable.

Why are you looking for a new job?
What is the reason you left your last job?
How much do you know about our Company (this is a common question so impress your interviewer by checking their website before your interview, to familiarize yourself with their products/services and the job role you will be filling etc.)?
What is your strength and what is your weakness?
Greatest achievement in your current/last job?
What is your career ambition – where do you see yourself in the next 5/10 years?
Do you prefer to work alone or in a team environment?

Your Participation to the Interview

Enhance your chances.

To greatly increase your chances of being offered a job you must engage your interviewer/s by asking them lots of questions, particularly about the Company and the job role you are being interviewed for. Showing a keen interest in their Company will greatly impress them. If you need any further help call us today and one of our experienced consultants will only be too pleased to help you.

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