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Prepping for the Perfect Interview

Ten Steps to getting your Dream Job

In the days running up to a job interview, knowing how to most effectively prepare for your meeting can be challenging. 

With so many things in the balance, you need to concentrate your efforts on the key areas that will help you make a great impression and outrun the competition.

Here are a few simple Tips

1. Practice

There`s no substitute for actually rehearsing your answers to interview questions. Look up commonly asked questions, but also think about questions you might be asked that specific to the role.

2. Dress for success

Avoid anything tight or uncomfortable and play it safe by dressing slightly smarter than the dress code. So if they say they dress “casual”, aim for “smart-casual”. Always be prepared and dress smartly.

3. Don`t fight the nerves

It`s completely natural to be nervous, so don`t focus too hard on trying to cover it up. Instead, breathe deeply, listen carefully and take the interview one question at a time.

4. Show your enthusiasm

You know how much you want the job, but does your interviewer? Showing that you`re keen, and for all the right reasons, could put you ahead of the next candidate.

5. Don`t waffle

Before answering a question, re-articulate what you’ve just been asked.  If you don`t know the answer to a question ask them to rephrase it.  After that, if you`re still unsure, it`s better to admit you`re not sure than take the chance of losing their respect by making something up.

6. Give specific examples

In response to any questions you are asked, be ready with some specific examples of achievements, preferably backed up by stats. `I increased sales by 45% over three months` is far more impressive than “it went really well”.

7. Step into their shoes

You interviewer is looking for someone who will add value to their organisation. So don`t just focus on your own career; talk about how your skills will benefit them.

8. Don`t criticise

Never speak badly of former employers or bosses; it will make you seem disloyal and potentially argumentative. Even if they ask your reason for leaving, remember to stay tactful and polite.  

9. Be curious - Ask Questions

You’ll be given the chance to ask questions so make sure you have some ready. An intelligent, perceptive question can be even more impressive than a good answer.

10. Make a good exit

No matter how the interview`s gone, try to finish with a smile. Remember, you`re being assessed until the last moment, so don`t be tempted to speak “off the record” in the lift.

 

If you have a job interview coming up or even if you are currently job hunting then there is no time like the present to improve your interview skills. Stand out from the competition and be confident and ready for any interview with our one to one interview training course.  Don't wait until the last minute before your interview, contact Mary today and be ready for when your next interview arrives.