So, your CV has opened the door, now it’s time for you to shine in front of a potential employer. Here are our top tips for making sure your interview is a success:
Prepare, prepare, prepare!
Make sure that you have researched the company and role that you are going for. Consider how the role fits into the overall hierarchy of the business.
Know where you’re going
Leave in plenty of time to get to your interview – it’s better to be early than arrive late and stressed because of traffic. If you don’t know where you’re going, do a dry run so the route’s familiar.
Be smart, think smart
Wear smart but appropriate clothing. You should always err on the side of caution – if the company has a relaxed dress policy, don’t go in your jeans. It’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.
Review your CV
It might sound obvious, but make sure you know what’s on your CV. The interviewer could ask you about anything on it, and being surprised by the content won’t make a good impression.
Avoid technical jargon
You might know everything there is to know about the sector the job is in, but try not to be over-technical, keep explanations to the point and don’t overuse acronyms and abbreviations.
Don’t forget to relax. Take a deep breath if you feel the need and maintain eye contact.
Listen before speaking
Make sure you listen to the interviewer, letting them finish speaking before answering their question.
Pause to think
It’s ok to pause for a second or two to think about how you will answer a question – especially one that asks for examples from your work history.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions, your interviewer will be expecting them. Prepare a few questions before arriving, it shows that you’ve thought about the role and the company.
Get your answers ready
None of us like to be asked questions like “where do you see yourself in five years’ time”, “tell me about a time you turned a problem into a solution” or “what are your weaknesses”, so if you prepare the answers to questions like these in advance, you won’t be flustered when they’re asked.