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Interview Tips: All you need to know

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Interviews can make even the most confident people nervous, but the best way to succeed is through preparation. Here’s our interview tips for preparing for a great interview…

Plan your Travel

Check out the location on Google Maps and use ‘Street View’ to familiarise yourself with the building and it’s surroundings. Look at public transport times and plan your journey, adding in extra time for any delays. Also look at alternative routes / transport options in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Do Your Research

Look at the company’s website and social media channels and take note of their recent activities. Read and highlight the jobs specification, picking out key words, skills and characteristics that are important to the company. Then think of examples of how you fit these particular criteria. Make sure you know the answers to these questions:

  • What do they do?
  • Who are their customers?
  • What is their company mission/business goal?
  • What is the company dynamic?
  • Who is your interviewer and what do they do?
  • How will you fit into the company structure?

First Impressions

You want to arrive at the company 10 minutes prior to your interview. If you arrive any earlier take some time to freshen up, review your notes and prepare. First impressions do count, so make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the company dynamic and greet your interviewer with a smile and a strong handshake.

When meeting someone for the first time, areas that create the most impact are:

  • What you say – 7%
  • Confidence – 33%
  • Dress and Body Language – 60%

In the interview

Make sure that you appear enthusiastic and positive, speak clearly and make eye contact. Refer to examples of core competencies (leadership, communication, organisation etc) and don’t make negative comments about previous employers, slouch or fidget. You want to appear well-rounded and confident. 

There are lots of common questions in interviews but here are the top five, have answers ready for these:

  • What skills could you bring to the role?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to leave your current role?
  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • Tell me about yourself…

Preparation is key and if you do your research and plan properly you’ll smash it!

 

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