Facing an upcoming interview for a new job? While there is much time to prepare before a job interview; there is little time at the interview to create a great first impression and show that you are the best person for the job.
Preparation is important to help you deliver an effective interview. Acquiring knowledge of the job and company and understanding of how your skills match the job criteria will provide a leading edge, and greater chance for success on securing the job. Most companies offer the points for discussion that will be covered in the interview ahead of time, usually in writing.
10 Simple Tips for a Successful Interview
- Research the company including the company’s background
- Know the interviewers name and the location of the interview, i.e. where the office is based
- Develop answers ahead of the interview, i.e. around competency. Develop examples of your ability to do the job and the way you act on the task
- Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview
- Re-read your resume and the job spec one hour before the interview
- Practice with family or a friend – to listen to the tone of your voice which will help to boost confidence
- Arrive early, leaving enough time for traffic jams and to get a parking ticket
- At the interview, create a great first impression – give a firm handshake, speak clearly and maintain good eye contact
- Strong communication is important – listen carefully and ask interviewers to repeat or rephrase the question if you are unsure
- Demonstrate your unique selling point and why you are interested in this job
Preparation is vital and will ensure that you deliver a top-notch interview. “I will prepare and someday my chance will come” by Abraham Lincoln. Strong signs of a good interview include the conversation flowed naturally, the interview time was longer than advised, positive body language of the interviewers and you were provided with more information on the job role. There may have been hiccups on a few answers but don’t let this get you down. Focus on the positives. If it felt genuine and you experienced a lighter note on the conversation this is usually a good sign.
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