Top tips for a successful job interview
Landing a job interview is as exciting as it is terrifying. Although getting to interview stage means that you’ve stood head and shoulders above potentially hundreds of other applicants, it doesn't make the prospect any less of a challenge - as the really hard part is still to come.
Around 40% of interviewers make up their minds about a candidate in less than 20 minutes, and 20% form a decision within 10 minutes. However, with the right preparation, advice and support you should be able to keep those jitters at bay and deliver a brilliant interview that’ll secure you the role of your dreams. To set you on the right path, here's the our guide to becoming an excellent interviewee.
What you do before an interview is as important as the interview itself. Being properly prepared for what could be in store means you are less likely to get caught off guard and lose your composure.
1. Do your research
2. Review your skills and accomplishments
3. Prepare plenty of questions
Not only will this demonstrate a genuine interest in the company and the role, it will be the opportunity to find how suited you are to the job based on your personal preferences. Remember this is also your opportunity to be sure that this is what you really want.
On the day
While no two interviews are likely to be the same, there are many best practice tips you can take on-board to make the best impression.
4. Double check everything
5. Body language and appearance
6. Maintain a positive attitude
Be polite and personable from the moment you walk in the door and with whoever you are introduced to. Be sure to show enthusiasm for the role and optimism for any projects. Avoid using an interview to bring up any personal problems and keep your opinions of your last (or current) employer courteous.
8. Pay attention