How To Behave At An Interview If an employer has invited you to an Interview, it means they think you have the skills to do the job and they like what they initially see in you - you have completed the first step! At this point, you need to make sure you back up everything they know already and highlight those skills that are most suited the role you are going for. Interviews are nerve-racking and can create a great deal of stress and sleep deprivation. It is only through time and experience that the Interview process becomes easier and less daunting so here a few pointers to help you along. So, how can you best prepare, what are the best ways to behave in the interview and what can you do afterwards to learn from the experience. Top Tips at TipTopJob · Thorough research and self-awareness · Be careful not to be over-confident - you do not wantto come across as arrogant! Preparation There are several factors that are a must when it comes to preparing for your Interview. The more prepared you are and the more knowledge you have, the less nervous you will be. Research the company, its position in the marketplace, its strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Know who their competition is, how big they are, what its reputation is like, their mission and goals. Read up on the recent news with regards to the company just in case you are asked about the company itself. Prepare some of the common interview questions that are asked, e.g. why do you want to leave your current role and what can you bring to the company. When you are working out your answers, try to use practical examples and relate the skills you highlight to those they require for the job you are going for. Do not memorise the answers as you may be asked the questions in a different way - you need to be able to adapt your answers and tailor them to a question that is asked in a slightly different way. Prepare a list (although not too many) of questions that you wish to ask them at the end of the Interview. This makes you look keen and interested in the company itself. Read through your CV and cover letter so you are familiar with what they already know about you and what they may ask you further questions about. Remember - it is a two-way process and you are deciding if the role and company are just as suited to what you are looking for, as you are suited to them. Try to establish if that is the type of culture you want to work in and are their employees the type of people you want to be around day-to-day. Ensure you know the date, time and location and make sure you get there early. It is better to wait in a nearby café than to be rushing in with you hair all over the place. Make allowance for traffic and train delays and if you are unsure where the interview is to be held, do a practice run to see how long it will take. Prepare what you will wear and ensure you are dressed smartly and professionally to give the company a good impression. At the Interview Make sure you have turned your mobile phone off before you get to the building - this can be a BIG mistake. First impressions count, so it is important you are not rude to the receptionist and you are polite and friendly to everyone you come into contact. Introduce yourself to the person who greets you and state your name and whom you have come to see. When you meet the Interviewer, give them a firm handshake and smile at all times. Answer all questions after carefully thinking about the answers - do not rush into blurting out the answers. It is much better to pause or to confirm what they mean before flying into an answer. With every answer, attempt to have practical examples so you can highlight your skills and abilities through what you have actually done. Give explanations to your answers. Do not lie as this could come back to hit you in the face. If you get caught out, you will not be employed, as the company will not be able to trust you. It is also obvious to see when someone is lying through his or her body language. Try to slip information you know about the company throughout the interview to impress them. Never be negative about previous employers or people you have worked with in the past, as this will not make you look good. Try to be positive in every way. Do not forget to ask them your questions at the end. At the end, thank them for their time and say you look forward to hearing from them. Ask them when they think they will be making decisions and when you will be likely to hear from them. After The Interview If you were not successful, most companies will provide feedback as to what you need to improve on. However, if not, call them up and ask them directly as this will help you to prepare for future interviews. In any case, keep all your preparation notes for next time and reflect on the Interview - good and bad points. Try to identify any mistakes you feel you may have made and how these could be improved upon next time. The best way to improve is through practice, so use every interview as a learning curve and learn from each and every one you attend.
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