15 Tips To Help You Shine At Your Job Interview



Source: Lewis Paige

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Research the company

Impress your interviewer by making sure you know all about the company’s product or service, their client or customer base, their mission statement and their values.

If you can, research your interviewer too

They might have a profile on the company website, and they’ll probably be on LinkedIn. Finding out a little about your interviewer will make them seem more human, and having an idea of who you’re facing can do wonders for your nerves.

Scrutinise the job description

Take another look at the responsibilities of the role. Make sure you can relate your experience to each responsibility.

Memorise your CV

You’re going to need to know your CV back to front and inside out so that you can predict any questions it might prompt.

Prepare a little spiel about yourself

‘Tell me about yourself’ is a common warm-up question. It’s a good idea to have something prepared so that you don’t end up rambling. Briefly mention your education and career history and end up with what you’re looking for now.

Prepare answers for some of the most common questions

Questions you might get asked include ‘What are your strengths/weaknesses’, ‘Why do you want the job?’, ‘What are your career goals?’ and ‘What is your proudest achievement?’. Try to make three or four points per answer.

Practise your delivery

It’s not just about what you say but how you say it. Show your interviewer that you’re personable, articulate and confident. Try mirroring your interviewer in terms of tone of voice.

Dress to impress

Aim for smart, but comfortable. Even if you are interviewing for a job at a creative or start-up company, it’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.

Think positive

Be positive about yourself and your capabilities. After all, the company wouldn’t be interviewing you if they thought you lacked potential for the job.

Enter confidently

First impressions are everything. A smile and a firm handshake will make you appear confident, even if you’re nervous.

Watch your body language

Your body language has a significant impact on the way you’re perceived, so be aware of your posture, make lots of eye contact and generally try to look alert and attentive. Again, you can try mirroring what the interviewer does.

Aim to be talking about 50% of the time

You may not be the one asking the questions, but your interview is a two-way conversation, so try to extend your answers if you tend to give short ones.

Don’t say anything negative

Avoid saying anything that could sound critical of your previous employer or colleagues, even if you hated them!

Think of some good questions to ask at the end

If you decline the offer to ask questions at the end of your interview, you risk seeming disinterested. Ask the interviewer something about the role that you’re not clear about- whether you’ll receive any training, for example.

And finally…

You’re going to be fine!

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