Tips for a Successful Interview
We have now got you in a position where our CV tips has secured you an interview, well done!
Now let’s look at how we prepare for a successful interview. Here are 6 simple areas to cover off in order to give yourself the best chance at interview.
When your interview has been confirmed, start putting a plan together establishing how you will present yourself. Areas to cover are as follows:-
- Research your potential employer: Do your homework on the company that is interviewing you, study their website, social media coverage and press releases etc. Take note of interesting facts, this shows a real interest in their company and adds weight in your quest to secure the position.
- Ask yourself what are your key strengths and selling points in relation to this role.
- This is your chance to stand out from the other candidates so make sure you take time to prepare your strategy.
- You will be asked questions, be prepared to answer these to the best of your ability. See “Anticipate possible questions” below.
- Sell yourself and even engage in small talk.
Know your CV
It is essential that you know your CV inside out. Make sure you are comfortable walking your interviewers through your work history, answering any specific questions they may have such as reasons for leaving past employers, key successes, any challenges and how you overcame those etc. Make sure you can answer these questions concisely and confidently.
Know your Vision and Motivation
- Why do you want this job?
- What makes you different and what makes you stand out from the other candidates?
- Why are you so keen to join them over other applications?
- How is this role important to your future career aspirations?
It is essential that you show the interviewers that this is your top choice, not just another interview.
Anticipate Possible Questions
It’s important that you’re able to anticipate any potential questions you may be asked and to ensure that you can answer them confidently. Know your strengths and acknowledging weaknesses is fine as no one is perfect, however, make sure you leave the interviewers confident that you can work on and overcome these.
- Engage in small talk to build a rapport.
- Always stay calm and composed, even when an interviewer puts you under pressure to see how you handle those situations.
- Keep your answers concise and always be positive.
- If you don’t know the answer, don’t waffle. There is nothing worse than someone who is ‘blagging it’, take a deep breath and do not feel you have to rush your answers.
- Always ensure you have thought your answer through clearly before you speak. There is no harm in asking the interviewer to repeat the question.
- Ask your researched questions or any other questions that arise during the interview.
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice makes perfect, we would advise honing your interviewing skills with friends, family, colleagues and even other job interviews to tune your interview skills.