Face to face interview tips
The most intimidating part of getting a job is often the interview process, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve put together our top tips to give you the upper hand in your interviews.
A successful interview starts with ensuring you get enough sleep the night before. Have an energising breakfast and take the route to work/to the interview that is going to be the least stressful. This will help to put you in the best mind-set possible.
1 – Start the day off right
Being early shows that you are eager and have good time management skills, but being too early can be seen as a disregard for your interviewer’s time. Various sources have named 10-15 minutes early as the perfect time to arrive for an interview, but it is always worth checking with your point of contact if you need to arrive earlier to fill out any paperwork.
2 – Arrive 10-15 minutes early
Career experts say it takes just three seconds for someone to build an opinion of you, so the first moments of your interview cannot be overstated. To make a good first impression, ensure that you are wearing appropriate clothing, make eye contact and shake your interviewers hand with a firm hand shake.
3 – Make the right first impression
Although this may be easier said than done, try to relax and stay as calm as possible during the interview. Sit comfortably (but appropriately), keep your hands still and actively listen to each question so that you can answer with confidence. The interviewer would not have brought you into the meeting if they did not believe that you may be right for the job, and they are just looking for a further understanding of your talents.
4 – Stay calm
A well phrased intelligent question can give the interviewer a real insight into your motivators, your work ethic and the extent to which you researched the company. For example, asking your interviewer about their expectations of your role in the first 30 days, 6 months and year will show your commitment to the company, while giving you a better understanding of what you should expect further down the line.
5 – Ask good questions
6 – Leave a good final impression and ask for feedback
Say thank you, shake the interviewers hand and ensure that the interviewer knows that you are available to answer any follow-up questions they may have. Being open and easy going in your approach to closing the interview will allow for communication channels to continue to flow freely, and you can then ask for feedback. If you receive vague feedback, don’t be afraid to ask if there are specific ways you can improve.
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