How to be successful at your next job interview

1. Dress to Impress

Dressing smartly and being punctual will give you confidence and the opportunity to relax into the environment as you know you are prepared.

A good, firm handshake is vital. Maintain good eye contact and be cheerful, smile.

All these factors help create a positive first impression. You only get one chance to make that impression.
 

2. Positive Mental Attitude

You’ve done the groundwork. You’ve got an interview and probably beaten 10 others to get there. Well done, smile you’ve got this!

You have earned this interview, so the client is obviously eager to meet you; don’t be afraid to talk about your strengths and showcase who you are!

They want you – be positive about yourself – you have got this far so you know they are interested in you but try not to waffle.

Give 2 to 3 key strengths that you have that lend itself to this position?

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3. Ass/Arrogance

Don’t Be an A***!
Confidence is an attractive quality.
Overconfidence or arrogance never is.
 

4. Loyalty

Critical but loyal – whatever your reason for leaving a current role. Try to be loyal to your current employer whenever possible.
Avoid, where possible, open criticism of your current employer. Saying horrible or damaging things about your current employer may worry a future employer. They may mark you down as a negative influence.

Have positive reasons for wanting to leave. Explain your reasons for leaving i.e. lack of progression can be one but being 100% negative will only cause clients to question your loyalty, they will wonder whether you will show loyalty to them.

Try and focus on why you want to join the new company rather than just focusing on leaving the old one.

Give 2 to 3 positive reasons why you are looking to leave your current position?

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5. Answer the Question

When you are asked a question, answer it clearly and succinctly!

If you don’t know the answer don’t fluff it, explain it’s not an area you have covered.

Try to relate if possible to other areas you can talk about and how they may interrelate to the area they want to talk about.

You can also express that’s one of the reasons you want to join a company to develop that very knowledge.
Remember they don’t want to trick you. They want to understand the scope of your knowledge and where you can contribute and where they need to train you.

They want you to get the job too. If they didn’t you wouldn’t be sitting, there.
 

6. Know your CV or resume

Rehearse talking through your background at least 3 times before you get to the interview.

It will give you more confidence and it will make a positive impression on the interviewer.
 

7. Why are you there?

Why do you want this job? It seems an obvious question, but it gets asked an awful lot!!

Explain the reasons why you were initially attracted to the position.

Give 2 to 3 reasons why you were attracted to this position?

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Stress where your current skills and qualities match the role now and then explain where you see the role developing and how you will develop with it too!

Remember this is your chance to shine.

Avoid aspects such as more money or shorter hours.
These factors might be attractive to you but someone who simply wants to move for more money and less work is hardly likely to endear you to a new employer!

Emphasize the positive! Career development. Personal growth.

Yes, you can mention improvements in pay and conditions but think about what your prospective new boss is thinking.

Explain at least 2 areas where your skills in your current position match the new role?

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8. What questions do you have?

Even if all your questions have been answered always have a couple up your sleeve. This demonstrates your interest in them and in the position and the company might measure by this so if want the job ask a decent question.

It may also help you decide if this is the right move for you.

Maybe the question relates to the earlier research you did on the company which is a good chance to impress.

It may relate to the future development of the team/company again this shows long term interest!

You can also flip the question saying you feel like the role suits you maybe and do they think the same or are there any concerns/questions they have?

This also gives a chance to leave a positive impression and deal with any lingering doubts they may have / that you didn’t quite deal with earlier!

Have at least 2 to 3 questions that you can ask your potential future employer?

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