Job interviews give employers the opportunity to find out more about you and whether your skills, experiences and qualifications meet the requirements of the job you have applied for.
Interviews also enable you to find out more about the company and the job, and to decide whether they are right for you. Interviews can follow different formats. For example, you may have an interview over the telephone or in person and you may be interviewed by just one person, or by a panel.
You may also have to carry out an in-tray exercise, complete a psychometric test or give a presentation. The questions you are asked and the tasks you may need to complete all help the company decide if you are the right person for the job.
Check out our top tips for a successful interview!
1. Preparation is key
Preparation is key to ensuring your interview is successful. Make sure you do your homework on the company and the role so that you can clearly state what it is that you like about the company and the wider industry, as well as why you would be the perfect fit.
2. Present yourself well
You will want to look professional in your interview, so plan your outfit a head of time and make sure you feel comfortable in it.
3. Arrive early
Make sure you arrive to the interview at least 10 minutes early to give yourself enough time to get prepared and go through any notes and have a toilet break.
4. Speak clearly and use eye contact
To come across as confident and at ease, you should try to speak clearly to those interviewing you, and make sure you give them a firm handshake and use eye contact so they know that you’re giving them your full attention.
5. Don’t show up empty handed
Bringing a few things along to your interview will make you look really prepared and organised. It is worth taking along a notepad and pen, a few copies of your CV, a portfolio of your work and business cards if you have some already made.
6. Ask questions
Interviews aren’t all about the employer asking you the questions, they are also the perfect opportunity to ask a few questions of your own too, such as ‘Are there opportunities for additional training?’ and ‘How is performance measured in this role?’
Finally, try to relax. Take a few deep breaths before you enter the interview room and make sure you listen properly to each question before answering.
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