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Interview Tips

How to impress at the interview stage

 

Now that you’ve got yourself noticed and secured an interview, you will want to sustain the initial positive impression that your CV has made. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Do your research

We will help as much as possible, but you should also carry out your own research on the client and the market in which it operates.

Re-read your CV

Before the interview re-read your CV carefully and contemplate how your past experiences are relevant to the role you are applying for.

Have your answers ready in advance

Contemplate questions that are likely to be asked and prepare your answers to include ‘situation-action-result’ scenarios whenever possible. Be prepared to answer questions about difficult situations you have faced,  problems overcome and give examples of projects you have successfully completed. Take every opportunity to sell your skills, experiences and suitability for the role.

Prepare some questions of your own

An interviewer will expect questions and it shows enthusiasm for the role and company. Use open-ended questions as these will elicit longer responses than simply a “yes” or a “no”. Engaging the interviewer in a genuine two-way discussion will help build empathy and rapport.

Face to Face Interview
  • Plan your route beforehand and be punctual. Aim to be there 10 minutes early.
  • If known, memorise the names and titles of the people who will be interviewing you.
  • First impressions are important. It’s better to play safe and wear a suit for the interview.
  • At introduction, shake hands firmly and maintain eye contact
  • During the interview maintain a good posture and eye contact. 
  • Try to relax and smile.
  • Support your answers with responses that relate to your real life experiences.
  • Be honest,if you are not sure how to answer a question say so, or ask for further clarification.
  • Show enthusiasm and be assumptive by asking them what the next step will be.
Telephone interview
  • Find a quiet place to take the call where you will not be disturbed.
  • Ensure you have enough battery life for the duration of the call if using your mobile.
  • Make sure you are in a good network reception area if using your mobile.
  • If possible ask the interviewer early on in the interview exactly what kind of profile and skill set they are looking for in the ideal candidate and use this information throughout the interview to give real life examples of how your experience matches their expectations.
  • Towards the end of the interview, ask the client if they have any reservations about your experience and if so, try to address their concerns. It is better to deal with them in the interview than leaving doubts in their mind.

 

 

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