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Need help on your interview?

Posted: 1st Oct 2018

You’re almost there. Your CV landed you an interview and now it’s time to seal the deal. So what’s the best way to prepare?

Below you’ll find the some of the best tips to help before, during and after your interview.

Before the interview;

Research the company; the better prepared you are, the more relaxed and comfortable you will be. Being unprepared will be obvious in your body language and tone as well in the answers that you provide. Before the interview, it is a good idea to gather information about the company that has the position vacant and try to relate your experience to the specific duties of the job opportunity available. With so much out there, I’m baffled that few of us look past the company’s homepage.

Dress for success! At an interview it is extremely important to look, act and dress professionally as you won’t have a second chance at making a good first impression.

We can’t over emphasise how important first impressions are. Research has shown that an interviewer has made an impression within the first eight seconds of meeting the person. The remainder of the interview is spent confirming this opinion, or turning this opinion around.

Plan ahead; practice interviewing!  Recruit a friend or a group of friends and colleagues to ask you sample questions. Practice making eye contact

Get everything done early - Have your clothes, CV, and directions to the interview site ready ahead of time, to avoid any extra stress.

Anticipate likely questions. To get to the motivations and working style of a potential employee, employers often turn to behavioural interviewing, an interviewing style which consists of a series of probing, incisive questions. This may sound a little intimidating; however with a little preparation you can feel confident before the interview.

During the interview;

A firm (but not bone crunching) handshake with a positive smile will do wonders when you first meet your Interviewer. Some small chit chat from the reception area to the interview room will also help.

Body language is also very important in your interview. Come across confident and relaxed. Looking disinterested will not get you the job.

All of this can seem a lot when you are nervous but try and remember these tips!

If offered a drink accept it as this can help and give you some time to answer a difficult question.

Just remember these tips below and you’ll do great!

DEEP BREATHS: Take deep breaths to relax, keep calm and focus the mind.

RELAX: Try not to let your nerves show through your body language

OPEN: Ensure you are sitting in an open comfortable position

LEANING: Lean slightly toward the interviewer to show your interest

EYE CONTACT: Make eye contact with the interviewer

Good luck!