How to ace a job interview
Congratulations! You’ve bagged yourself an interview. But the hard work doesn’t stop there. This is your final opportunity to make a good impression on your potential new employer and every minute counts. Read on to hear our expert advice on acing the job interview.
Practice common interview questions
Preparation is key when it comes to interviews. You should be able to comfortably talk through your CV, so make sure you familiarise yourself with it and are well equipped to answer any questions about its content. You should also think about other common interview questions that you may be asked.
For example, ‘what are your biggest strengths and weaknesses’, ‘what’s your greatest achievement’, ‘why do you want this position’ and ‘where do you see yourself in five years’. These are all popular choices amongst employers. Practice your responses and you’ll stand a better chance of nabbing the job.
Prepare your own questions to ask
Remember, this is also a chance for you to ask questions and get to know more about your potential employer. With this in mind, you also need to consider what questions you can ask that will impress the interviewer and show that you’ve done your research.
Think about what you’re most interested in finding out about the company and shape your questions around this. For example, it might be that you want to know what the company culture is like or whether there is an opportunity to develop in the role.
Research the company
As part of your preparation, you should do as much research as you can about the company. Sometimes, the interviewer may ask you what you already know about the organisation, so it’s best to familiarise yourself with their website and social media channels.
You could also do a quick Google news search to see if they’ve been covered in the press recently. Being aware of what is going on in your industry and the company you want to work for is a valuable tool throughout the interview process.
It goes without saying that you should never be late for an interview. It creates the wrong impression and suggests that you can’t manage your time properly. At the same time, be careful not to arrive too early. This can catch your interviewer off guard!
Instead, try to arrive 10 minutes before the interview is due to start, which should give you enough time to settle in. If you’re earlier than this, go for a little walk or grab a coffee somewhere. This also gives you the opportunity to relax a little before the interview begins.
Dress to impress
Finally, make sure you’re looking sharp. First impressions count and it’s always best to dress smart for an interview, especially if you’re not clear on the company’s dress code. Prepare your outfit the night before and ensure that it’s clean and ironed.
Ultimately, if you do your research, prepare in advance and make a great first impression, you should have no problem acing that job interview!
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