Interviews are part and parcel of the recruitment process and for countless jobseekers they provide the scariest test. However, if you’re doing the right things, there’ll be nothing to worry about.


1: Preparation, preparation, preparation

In the days leading up to an interview, preparation is vital. An interviewer will do doubt have your CV in front of them, so knowing it inside out will equip you for anything that they ask with regard to your previous experiences. Furthermore, remember to research the role you’re looking to attain and the company you’ll be working for. Employers will be impressed if they see you’ve done your homework and it’ll show them what you’re capable of if they take you on.


2: Positive and confident persona

It’s often remarked that an interviewer will have made up their mind within the first thirty seconds of you walking into the room. If this is true, make it count. Making eye contact is an important component for engagement and ensures you look focused. Body language makes up 55% of communication, so don’t forget to smile and maintain an upright posture.


3: The STAR Technique

Calling yourself ‘dedicated’ and ‘a good team player’ is all very well but it means nothing without examples for you to back it up. By using the STAR acronym (Situation / Task / Activity / Result), you can structure your answers to outline what you have achieved in the past. Remember to give a clear example of a time that you were indeed dedicated and an incident where your skills as a team player allowed you to successfully achieve an end goal.


4: Relax

Just remember, an interview means that they are interested in you as a candidate. On average there are 250 CVs for every corporate job opportunity and only 4-6 are offered interviews, which means that you are already in a position of strength. Many people get stressed and anxious when an interview arises, so try to focus on being yourself. The employer believes you are qualified for the vacancy, they just want to see the person behind the CV.


5: Ask questions

The majority of interviews will finish with the chance for you to ask your employer a few questions of your own, and it is more often than not an opportunity wasted by interviewees. There is no better way of sounding genuinely engaged than to ask proactive questions about the company or the role, for example: ”What skills constitute success in this position?” This type of question propels you forward as a candidate, as it shows your desire to succeed and hit the ground running when offered the job.  


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