interview hints and tips.

be prepared. be very prepared.

Don’t panic, interviews don’t have to be stressful. All it takes is good preparation to help you relax and really shine. Here’s our top-tips for a successful interview…

Dress appropriately

Dress the part. Most employers will expect you to be smartly turned-out and well dressed, so dig out your best suit and get your glad-rags on.

Plan ahead

Do your best to find out the format of the interview before the actual day, make notes and travel plans - give yourself plenty of time.

Research the company

Find out as much as you can about the organisation.

This includes looking at the company website and social channels, but also digging deeper into what they are about.

This will give you the confidence you need to engage and impress the interviewer; showing a keen interest and understanding of their organisation.

Points to consider…

  • Do you understand the environment the company and their clients work in?
  • Are you aware of how the organisation is currently performing?
  • Look at newspapers, the Financial Times, magazines and the internet for information
  • Keep up-to-date with key issues in the market place they operate in

Prepare your answers

Interviews are built around three basic questions - come up with some broad answers to these questions beforehand…

  • What interests you about this job?
  • Why are you applying to us?
  • What makes you suitable for this role?

Rehearse

However confident you are, it’s worth practising your answers to formal interview questions in a formal setting. Ask your careers service if they offer interview practice, and if not, you could ask a friend to help you out.

Expand on your answers

Always expand on your answer. Most interview questions will be ‘open’ questions leaving you room for detail and expansion, so don’t leave it at ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Answer the question you’ve been asked fully, but stay focused and don’t ramble.

Don't rush your answers

Take a little time to think about your response, speak clearly and concisely.

Remember, it’s OK to ask the interviewer to clarify anything you don’t understand.

Prepare questions to ask the interviewer

It is just as important to make sure the organisation is right for you. Prepare at least 3 questions to ask your interviewer; this shows an interest in the organisation, and a keen attitude.

Sell yourself

Be positive, enthusiastic and natural. Make sure the interviewers see the best of you.

Body language

Employers will read your body language, so try to stay as relaxed as possible. Portray yourself as somebody who is open, confident, ready and willing to take on information.

Most importantly maintain eye contact at all times. This proves you’re interested, shows you’re taking in what is said, but above all exudes confidence.

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