How to ace an interview
Some useful tips to prepare before the interview:
• Anticipate potential questions and prepare answers accordingly.
• Contact your references, alerting them that you'll be attending an interview and that they may receive a call.
• Fully understand the role that you're applying for by revisiting the job description, identifying what skills, interests and experiences the employer is looking for. If you have questions regarding the nature of the job, do not hesitate to ask during the interview.
• Prepare questions to ask your interviewer.
• Read the organisation's website, social media profiles and other information you may find about the company. It is good to know, the projects the company is involved it. It is not good to show off your knowledge of the company.
• Review your CV and application form. Strangely enough, spelling mistakes show up at the last minute..!
• Choose your outfit the night before.
• Wear smart business attire. Don’t be sloppy or too revealing.
• Get plenty of sleep. You may be nervous, but sleeplessness will not help you.
• Plan your journey, aiming to arrive ten minutes early
• Avoid too much caffeine.
How to make a good impression
• Answer questions clearly and concisely. If you don’t understand a question, you can ask the interviewer to repeat it or clarify what he means.
• Ask relevant, thought-provoking questions at appropriate moments, as this can show that you're genuinely interested in the role and really listening to the interviewer.
• Do not interrupt the interviewer or anyone else you meet in the Company.
• Pause before answering a difficult question to give yourself thinking time, or asking for clarification if, at first, you're unsure what the question means
• Avoid talking about any personal problems.
• Be enthusiastic. Don’t be overenthusiastic.
• Be well-mannered with any staff that you meet before the interview.
• Display positive body language, speaking clearly, smiling frequently and retaining eye contact.
• Don't badmouth any previous employers.
• Give a firm handshake to your interviewer(s) before and after the interview.
• Highlight your best attributes, experiences and achievements, based around the skills that you've identified as important to the organisation, and where applicable, discuss practical examples of your related previous experience.
• Sit naturally, but without slouching in your chair or leaning on the desk.
• Try and relax
• Set your phone on silent mode and do not pick up unless you suspect it is an emergency in which case you should ask the permission of your interviewer to pick up.
• Let your personality shine.
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