How to ace your interview

So, you’ve applied for the job and have been offered an interview – congratulations! Now you should consider investing some time to prepare yourself for the interview ahead.

The key to effective interviewing is to project confidence, stay positive, and be able to share examples of your workplace skills and your qualifications suitable for the job.

Here are our 7 top tips to ace your interview:

· Be prepared

Prepare your answers to typical job interview questions (we’ve got a selection on our blog) and make sure you practice before the big day! This will help settle any pre-interview nerves, and you won’t be caught off guard.

· Research the company

Research the position you’ve applied for, the company and the industry, to demonstrate your interest in the position. Building rapport and making a personal connection with your interviewer can up your chances of getting hired. People tend to hire candidates they like, and who seem to be a good fit for the company culture.

· Have an “elevator pitch” prepared

This is a description of your key qualities and suitability for the role, so short that you could deliver it when sharing a lift on the way up to your interview. It gives you something useful to open with when you’re faced with that row of unfamiliar faces.

· Write down any questions you’d like to ask

The best way to remember those important questions is to write them down. Try to prepare at least two questions to show your interest in the position. For some inspiration, click here.

· Be on time (or preferably 10 minutes early)

Not only does this demonstrate your eagerness and punctuality, it also allows a few extra minutes to visit the toilet, check your outfit, and calm your nerves.

· Have your CV to hand

Have an up-to-date CV to hand, which you can refer to when asked about your experience and qualifications.

· Exude confidence

Whether you’re a naturally confident person, or someone who struggles with nerves. The best way to be confident is to pretend!

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