04 Mar 5 Top Tips for Your Next Interview
5 Top Tips for Your Next Interview
Congratulations on reaching the interview stage! Now to focus on preparing to impress in person. Interviews can seem daunting, but the more time you take to prepare, the better you will do. Remember, the employer obviously likes what they see on paper, so take some confidence from that.
Boost your chances of success by following our 5 top tips:
Research – this is extremely important and shows you’ve spent time preparing. Research the company and the employers background; who are they and what do they do? Is the interviewer on LinkedIn, for example? If so, this is a great way to find out how long they’ve been at the company and to learn more about them. Look at the company website and particularly the news pages. Are there any published news articles about them? Set up alerts on your phone to keep up to date with latest developments and spend time researching the market, to learn what influences the industry.
Prepare for questions – you will likely be asked a number of common interview questions. Think about why you want the job. What do you know about the company? What’s been your greatest achievement or challenge at work? Practice answering questions with a friend or family member. Take your time answering and respond thoughtfully. If you don’t know the answer to something, be honest. Then prepare some questions to ask them too.
Dress well– how you present yourself matters. Every detail gives the employer information about you, from your outfit to your posture. Regardless of the job role you are going for, adopt a smart dress code.
Be prepared – in all aspects. From arriving early and planning for delays, to finding the location beforehand. If you have a portfolio of work, take it with you. Have your CV and a list of questions to hand. Take a notepad and pen to make notes. It’s also worth finding out if the interview will be one to one or in a group, so you know what to expect. At Neaves & Neat, we are always on hand for any questions you have; the more questions you ask the more prepared you will be!
Body language and approach– whilst it’s important to come across as professional and confident, it’s equally important to be friendly and genuine. Sitting up straight, giving a firm handshake and not fidgeting are all things to consider. However, this is a social scenario and you are human beings. Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through and show that you will be a great team fit.
Most importantly, don’t panic! You will be fantastic. Good luck!