Interview Tips & Techniques

We all know that going to an interview can be a daunting experience, whether it is your first interview or if you have many years of experience. To improve your chances of success in the interview, it is best to remain calm and to be prepared. Focusing on the different aspects of the interview gives you the opportunity to hone your interview skills, like anything, with practice you will be able to interview with confidence.

We want our candidates have the best chance to ace their interview, so here are 10 tips to help you impress your interviewer:

1.Get the Interview

Before you successfully perform in your interview you have to make it through the recruitment process. Make sure that your CV is up to date and is ready to impress potential employers, you can take a look at our CV advice to help with that.

2.Research your potential employer

To achieve success in anything, it is important to start with a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding. When it comes to a job interview this rule certainly applies and it is important to show that you have an understanding of the company, the job requirements, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. Research thoroughly, then during the interview you will be able to draw on that knowledge to answer questions, you will also be able to ask good questions based on your research.

3.Review common interview questions and prepare responses

This is similar to reading past papers before an examination, you will notice common questions and then be able prepare responses that are concise and focus on specific examples and accomplishments. You can also give your responses in story form that you can tell during the interview.

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4.Dress for success

It is important to show professionalism and that you appreciate the company culture that you hope to join. Make sure that your appearance matches your surroundings, although, it is definitely better to be overdresses than under. Also, your clothing should fit, be clean, and ironed for the interview. Keep unnecessary accessories and jewellery to a minimum.

In addition, your overall appearance should be well groomed, this includes your hair, facial hair and your fingernails. Do not smoke or eat prior to the interview, it would be better to brush your teeth and use mouthwash.

5.Arrive on time

This should be written in stone as there is no excuse for arriving late to an interview. As previously mentioned, during your research you should be able to calculate your travel times and make sure that you arrive right on time. As a rule, try to arrive 15 minutes before the interview, this gives you the time to freshen up and observe the company culture.

Also, switch off your phone and remove anything that could make you fidget during the interview (like chewing gum).

6.Have a positive impact on everyone you meet

First impressions last. So make sure that you are polite and friendly to everybody that you interact with when in the locality of the interview. The worst result could come if you were to act rude or arrogant to anyone connected to your potential employer. Dressing to impress an arriving on time will have a positive impact on your interviewer, also, when greeting the interviewer, stand, smile, make eye contact, and offer a firm (neither limp and nor bone-crushing) handshake.

7.Be yourself, positive, focused, confident, candid, and concise / Show enthusiasm

Once the interview starts you will be judged on how you respond to the questions. It is important to be honest and answer the questions truthfully, at the same time, you want to show that you have the skills and experience to perform successfully in the role. You should be prepared with examples of your achievements and accomplishments, while keeping your responses short and to the point.

This is when your prepared responses will come in handy, it will help you to give short answers without losing your train of thought or rambling.

Always show your enthusiasm for the role and remember not to talk negatively about your previous role. The focus of the interview should be about you and how you will fit into the potential role.

8.Remember body language, avoiding bad habits

Remember that although what you say is of great importance, the majority of your communication is done nonverbally. This is why it is so important to dress to impress and to arrive on time, your appearance and body language convey messages that your words will not.

Positive body language: smiling, eye contact, solid posture, active listening, nodding.

Negative body language: slouching, looking off in the distance, playing with pen, fidgeting in chair, brushing back hair, touching face, chewing gum, mumbling.

9.Ask insightful questions

In addition to being judged on your responses and body language, your interviewer will be interested in your questions. This is a way for you to show that you are interested in the company and the role, if you have thoroughly researched the company and have the required skills then these questions will come naturally.

Like common interview answers, it is wise to prepare your interview questions well in advance of the interview.

10.Thank interviewer in person, by email and post/Follow up

Post interview it is important to thank the interviewer/s for interviewing you. You can start this process the end of the interview, however, you can also contact them by email or post. First impressions may count, but leaving a lasting impression can help you to get you the job.

Also, contact your consultant at Hunter Consultancy (UK) Ltd after your interview and give them feedback on how things went. Interviewers often ask for your feedback and this information could help them to make their decision.

March 1, 2017