Your interview is crucial in the process of you getting a job. Here are some top tips to help make it a success.
1. First impressions count
Greet your interviewer with a smile and firm handshake. Give eye contact.
2. Be prepared
Re-read your CV and the job ad just before the interview. Check the company’s website and social media platforms. You WILL be asked about what you know of the company.
3. Don’t waffle
Answer questions properly – even if you need a few moments’ silence to collect your thoughts..”
4. Why should they hire you?
Most job adverts will list qualities they’re looking for – a team worker, a good communicator – so it’s up to you to think of examples of how you can demonstrate these skills. Be ready to talk about your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills. Have at least three strong points about yourself that you can relate to the company and job on offer.
5. Be positive
Your interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you, so the last thing they’ll want to hear is you talking about your boss or current colleagues behind their back. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic.
6. Remember your body language
It is not what you say, but how you say it. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back. Sit upright and try to maintain good eye contact. Use your hands and lean forward when making a point. Many people cannot think and control their body language at the same time, which is why you need to prepare.
7. Expect the unexpected
Your interviewer may ask you ‘Competency Based Questions (http://tinyurl.com/p3g98ok) Which will give you a chance to talk about difficult or challenging situations you have been in that you have had to resolve.
8. Develop rapport
Show energy, a sense of humour and smile. Be prepared to ask the interviewers questions too, like “Can you use three words to describe working here”
Follow the three Ps – prepare, practice and perform -