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Mastering Your Interview: A Guide to Impress Potential Employers

Embarking on a job interview is a nerve-wracking experience so before you dive into your next interview, take a moment to check out these tips and techniques. Some might sound like common sense, but trust us, revisiting the basics can go further than you think. After all, if you fall down at these basic principles, you won’t be getting past the start line. So, Let’s make sure you’re not just crossing the starting line but sprinting past it with confidence.

1. Preparation: The Key to Success

Before you even step into the interview room, thorough preparation is your best friend. We have your back – we’ll provide directions, route plans and estimated travel times. But it’s on you to make sure you allow enough time to arrive calm and collected.

We will ensure to give you as much as we can about the role and organisation. However, with so much information out there, take the time to delve deeper into the company’s industry, culture and requirements. Prepare a list of questions about the company and role – remember, an interview is a two-way street.

Take advantage of our extensive interview guides available here. Make sure you’re jotting down answers to potential questions. This step will give you a solid foundation to build on during the interview.

2. First Impressions: Dress Well, Communicate Confidently

First impressions matter, so make sure yours is a positive one. Even in a ‘dress down’ environment, wear suitable business attire. And don’t underestimate the receptionist – they might share their thoughts on you later. Plus, they could offer interesting insights about the company, building, or even the person you’re about to meet.

Avoid a limp handshake; instead, exude confidence from the get-go. Maintain eye contact, appear interested, and remember, a smile can work wonders in putting everyone at ease. Don’t enter with the notion that the interviewer is out to catch you; they’re merely assessing if you’re the right fit for the role and their team.

Avoid dominating the meeting or interrupting the interviewer. Convey concise and accurate answers, supplementing them with brief examples. If the interviewer wants more details, they’ll ask.

3. During the Interview: Shine with Confidence

Thorough preparation should minimize surprises, but unexpected changes or questions can happen. If they do, relax, think, and then discuss your answer. Don’t talk just to fill awkward silences – whatever you say is on the record!

When asked why you’re right for the job, seize the moment. It is a “sales” situation, and you must blow your own trumpet. Nobody can guess that you are a brilliant organiser / clever with budgets / an excellent motivator unless you tell them and give them some evidence.

If you find that the interview is wrapping up, but you feel crucial aspects of your experience haven’t been explored, steer the conversation back to them. However, avoid becoming long-winded – concise and accurate answers are key.

BEFORE YOU LEAVE, SAY YOU WANT THE JOB!

After all, isn’t this why you went along in the first place? A keen candidate is much more likely to be offered the role than one who shows little interest. Let them know you’re genuinely interested and ask if there are any concerns about your background or experience. Addressing potential misunderstandings face to face is more effective. Always have a question or two in reserve for the traditional end-of-interview inquiry. However, it’s wise to avoid discussing benefits like holiday entitlement and sick pay in the first interview.

4. After the Interview: Seal the Deal

Contact us soon after the interview while your thoughts are fresh. Your initial ‘gut reaction’ is crucial. Clients also appreciate swift feedback – it reflects confidence and good decision-making.

While we follow up on your behalf, consider sending a short thank-you message to the interviewer. Reiterate your interest and appreciation for the opportunity.

Finally: Celebrate Success or Plan Your Next Move

If you land the role – congratulations! If not, we’ll provide detailed feedback, and we’re here to continue assisting you in your job search.

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