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Interview tips

Interviews are daunting at the best of times.  Even more so if you really want the job.  Here are some interview tips for getting job offers.

  • Research is really important.  Knowing as much as possible about your potential employer is always a good thing.  It puts you in a good position and will help you tailor your answers to suit the company culture and strategy.
  • You should consider your appearance before an interview.  Most business will request smart clothing and some will say you can come smart casual.  When considering what to wear, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.  What if your definition of smart casual is wildly different from theirs?
  • A Smile will be the first thing that someone sees when they meet you.  It’s a great first impression.  Even if you are really nervous, try and smile.
  • Confidence is like a smile, being confident will help you come across as knowing what you are talking about.
  • Ask questions during the interview to show you are engaged.  If you don’t have any questions an interviewer may feel that you are not trying or not bothered about a role.  Sometimes your questions might be answered during normal conversation, and if this is the case it’s OK to say that as well.
  • It’s always good to know some typical questions the interviewer might ask you so that you know what to say.
  • Take notes during the interview if you know you might forget something.  You can write down questions that pop into your head.  Just be careful not to write too much or for too long as it could slow the interview down and cause both you and the interviewer to lose rhythm.
  • Ideally, end on a good note.  This could just be saying ‘Thanks and great to meet you’ at the end, or ‘I look forward to hearing from you soon’.

Also, read our guides on typical interview questions here >