Top interview tips for job seekers
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By Rebecca Langdon
Interviews can be daunting experiences, but with these top tips you should find you are more
confident and successful.
State of Mind
Interviews are a two way process. Keep in mind that you are also there to interview the
interviewers. Of course you are unlikely to be leading the meeting, but just keep in mind that you
also need to be satisfied that this is an organisation you would want to work for.
I can’t overstate the importance of interview preparation. This includes;
- Review the job description
- Know your CV inside out
- Be ready to answer common interview questions
- Research the company and the interviewer
In most cases a suit will be appropriate, but if you are unsure, ask the recruiter or the hiring
Try to maintain an open body posture whilst in the interview. Avoid folding your arms and looking
Be personable whilst maintaining professionalism. People tend to want to work with individuals who
they think they will get along with. Don’t be afraid to show a bit of personality, so long as you are
Engage in the process and a two way conversation. Come prepared with questions you would like
Consider Your Responses
After you are asked a question, do not be afraid to take a short and measure pause to consider your
response. When you respond;
- Speak clearly
- Talk about what you did, not others
- Don’t ramble
- Don’t be afraid to finish your answer and ask if you have provided sufficient information
At the end of the interview ensure you ask what the next steps in the process are.
This seems like a lot of pointers to remember, but getting good at interviews takes practice and
preparation. Hopefully the tips above will help you to be more successful in your next interview.