Got an important job interview coming up? Want to stand out from the crowd? Then read the following great tips on how to make the right impression at your interview and hopefully land yourself a fantastic job offer!
It is natural to feel nervous before an interview, so take a moment to compose yourself before walking in the door!
As well as the ability to do the job, the majority of employers will be hoping to see your personality! Containing your nerves and letting your personality shine through will go a long way in setting you apart from other candidates.
If you are too nervous you are more likely to rush the interview and forget all those key points you wrote down in your preparation. Relax, take a deep breath, and take your time!
Speaking Clearly and Confidently
It’s inevitable that an interviewer will ask you questions. Be sure to take your time, think about your answers, and speak clearly and confidently. If the job includes client contact, this is absolutely vital!
Often the first impression is the lasting impression! Be sure to look the interviewer in the eye and shake their hand when you meet.
In the interview be sure to sit up straight, maintain eye contact, and answer their questions confidently without straying away from the questions asked!
Make an Impression
Dress to impress, and do not feel silly if every is in casual attire when you arrive! A smart appearance will go a long way to securing the job and leave a lasting impression.
Be sure to arrive on time, ideally walking in the door10 minutes before your interview slot. If you’re not sure where you are going, prepare in advance and do a ‘dummy run’ beforehand if necessary.
Typical Interview Questions
Every employer will be looking for different things and ask different questions, but here are some of the most common questions asked at interviews. Please take the time to read down the list and give some thought to your answers on the questions that might be applicable.
- Why are you looking for a new job?
- What is the reason you left your last job?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What do you know about our company? (This is a common question so impress your interviewer by checking out their website before your interview to familiarise yourself with their products/services etc.)
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Tell me your greatest achievement in your current/last job?
- What is your ambition – where do you see yourself in the next 5/10 years?
- Do you prefer to work alone or in a team environment?
Asking questions is a great way to show a genuine interest in the role. Try to have 3-5 questions up your sleeve in case some are answered during the interview.
If you need any more guidance, call us today and one of our consultants will be more than happy to help.