Interview tips: first impressions count...

The labor market and job search techniques may change, but what remains consistent is the job interview.

The labor market and job search techniques may change, but what remains consistent is the job interview.

It's your one chance to really sell yourself.

Top tips for interview success
  • First impressions count

Dress in a suit, to ensure you convey professionalism and your pride at being given this opportunity. Greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake. Make eye contact. Try to make small talk during the walk from the reception area to the interview room.  The first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions about you.

  • Do your preparation

Re-read your resume and job specification beforehand. Do your research thoroughly. Look at the company website and any additional information you can. You may be asked about the salary you are after, so think about this prior to the interview.

-Find out about any recent investments or company news

-What will the interview structure be? Will there be any aptitude/psychometric tests?

-Prepare responses to standard questions, such as:  Why do you want to work for us?  What do you know about our company? What are your strengths and weaknesses?

-Make a list of questions to ask them

-Take any references, samples of work and an additional copy of your resume with you

-Make sure you know exactly where the interview will be.  Plan your journey in advance, allowing extra time for delays

  • Don’t waffle

Answer questions properly - even if you need to pause.  It's better to say you need a minute to think, than answer instantly and regret it afterwards.

  • Be positive                                                             

Don’t talk negatively about your current boss or colleagues.  Interviewers like to see someone who is positive and enjoys a challenge. Show energy and smile.

  • Remember your body language

It’s not always what you say, but how you say it. Sit upright, maintain good eye contact and use your hands when making a point.

  • Expect the unexpected

It is impossible to plan for every difficult question, but try to appear relaxed.  Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if necessary, but do not try to evade it.

  • Show good manners

Tell the interviewer why you are interested in the company and the job opportunity. Ask questions. Send a "thank you" email or letter afterwards, saying how much you enjoyed meeting them and how interested you are.

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