Interview Techniques

Interview Techniques

Have you got a job interview soon? Are you worried about it? Well here are some helpful tips to get you through your interview.

One of the most important things to do before your interview is to prepare yourself. Do some research about the company, know exactly what they do and know any important history that they have. If you have a job description, read it and make sure that you know exactly what you are applying for and what roles you will be expected to do. If you can, try to find out some hobbies of your interviewer on LinkedIn, for example, because you might have something in common with them that you can ask about in the interview and relate to. Write down all of the possible questions you can think to ask. Yes they may answer most of your questions during the interview before you have been able to ask them, but at the end when they ask “have you got any questions?” then at least you have a few questions to ask to show your interest in the role. Finally, make sure you get a good amount of sleep the night before.

First impressions are key. The first thing that the interviewer is going to notice is your appearance. Prepare what you are going to wear the night before so that you are not rushing in the morning; dress smart and presentable. Make sure your clothes are neat and ironed and that your shoes are tidy. Wear minimal make up, cover any tattoos or piecing’s you have if possible, have clean and tidy nails and make sure you have good personal hygiene.

Always arrive slightly early to the interview to make sure that you have time to calm any nerves that you may have and prepare yourself beforehand; being late is never a good impression!

Confidence is important; you should try and balance your confidence. You need to show the interviewer that you are confident that you are the right person for the job and that you can achieve what they are asking for. On the other hand, you don’t want to appear over confident, so much that you seem arrogant. Have belief in yourself because if you don’t, then why should your potential employer?

You may be asked the question “why are you looking for a new job?” The best thing to do is to think about where you see yourself in the future, what haven’t you achieved that you may like to achieve and be positive about the question; the worst thing you can do is to talk badly about your current employer as it doesn’t leave a good impression.

If you have any bad habits, such as swearing, biting your finger nails or interrupting etc. then leave them behind… as soon as you walk through that door, you need to be as professional as possible and make a good impression. The interviewer may test you and ask you a completely out of the blue question, just to see how you react. If you’re unsure or the answer doesn’t spring to mind instantly, just take a moment to keep calm and think… don’t panic yourself by using words like ‘um’, ‘err’ and ‘like’. Eye contact is vital, show that you are interested in the interviewer and what they are saying – do not look around the room or out of the window. Posture is important; sit up right in your chair with a straight back, do not slouch. Also, do not chew gum during your interview; it creates a very bad impression.

The truth is extremely important; be honest with your answers. You don’t want there to be any risk of getting caught out somewhere along the line for being a liar.

Obviously salary is very important and usually it will be mentioned in the job description before you apply for the job, but not always. You have to remember the job that you are applying for, you have obviously applied for it for a reason so show the interviewer that; don’t let the salary take over. It is best not to talk about the salary in the middle of the interview, unless the interviewer brings it up first. If you know the salary and would like to negotiate it, then wait until you have a job offer before you start thinking of negotiating.

The final thing is… smile, be positive and be yourself.

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