Tips and advice for a positive interview

Its easy to forget that a job interview goes both ways; it’s as important for you, as a candidate, to determine if the job, the company, the culture, and the work environment is right for you as it is for the company to determine if you’re right for them.

When people say a job interview should be a two-way street, they mean it—but you must make sure you actually get into the driver’s seat and take control of the conversation.

Remember a job interview gives you the chance to assess whether this is the right job for you. Unfortunately, most of us spend the entire interview just answering questions.

Don’t forget that only 7% of the interviewer’s opinion of you is formed by what you say – the rest is judged on how you present yourself.

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Our 4 step guide

During the Interview

First Impressions

First impressions are very important. An interview may well continue for 40 minutes or more, but studies have shown that someone forms judgements about you within four minutes of your meeting and that these judgements inform their subsequent impressions. Research shows that the first impression is made up as follows:

  • 55% visual impact i.e. dress, facial expressions and other body language.
  • 38% tone of voice.
  • 7% from what you say.

This doesn’t mean that all is lost if you are very nervous at the outset however try to create the best first impression you can. A warm smile and firm handshake always help. It is worth remembering that you need to make a good impression on everyone you meet, so be courteous to all.

PMA – Positive Mental Attitude

You have earned this interview, so the client is obviously eager to meet you; don’t be afraid to talk about your strengths. If you have researched and prepared thoroughly you will be able to communicate why you are attracted to the role, the company and why you feel you are suitable for the position

They want you

Be positive about yourself – you have got this far so you know they are interested in you but do not waffle. Short concise responses are often better than confused answers.

Confidence versus arrogance: Strike the right balance in your interview

Be confident but not overly confident or arrogant.

The “humble brag” – How to Talk About Yourself Without Sounding Arrogant

  • Be genuine. …
  • Share your excitement. …
  • Ask questions. …
  • Be brief. …
  • Be strategic about the information you share. …
  • Help people understand you as a person. …
  • Talk about the impact. …
  • Don’t sound too humble.

You are the right person for the job

Remember throughout the interview you will need to demonstrate to the interviewer you are technically qualified to do the job and motivated to get the job done well – your positive answers should reflect this ethos. They will also be assessing whether you will fit in with the company’s culture, organisational structure and the team in which you will work.

Critical but loyal

Whatever your reason for leaving a current role avoid, where possible, open criticism of your current employer as this will only cause clients to question your loyalty and consider whether you will show the same level of loyalty to them.

Are you interested?

Prepare questions to ask them about the role and company as this will demonstrate your interest in the role.

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