Got an interview lined up? Here’s 10 ways to make a great impression.

27 January 2020

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So, you’ve applied for that dream job and secured yourself an interview – Great! As obvious as it may seem that interviews are your prime time to shine and sell yourself to an employer, it’s surprising how many candidates walk in to them completely unprepared.

As experts in the recruitment industry, we thought we’d share our 10 top tips on how to really prepare yourself, so that you have an even better chance of guaranteeing that dream offer of employment.

  1. Do your research. There’s nothing worse than turning up to an interview with very little or no knowledge of the company that you are hoping to join. Familiarise yourself with its background, its values, the verticals and markets in which it operates and recent press announcements to show a genuine interest in the company and your determination to become a part of it.

  2. Ask the right questions. An interview is very much a two-way street and is just as much your opportunity as it is the employers, to see whether the role and the organisation are both right for you.

  3. Be honest. Don’t begin inventing achievements or lying about your education history. Employers need to know they can trust the people they are investing their time, effort and money in.

  4. Remain positive when talking about previous employers. Even if there’s a whole list of things that frustrated you about your previous boss, remain professional, leave the negatives at home and keep to the positives.

  5. Dress suitably. Looking clean, tidy and professional will go a long way, trust us

  6. Make eye contact. This may seem a little obvious, but good eye contact when talking to an interviewer shows not only that you are engaged in the conversation, but also that you are a confident individual.

  7. Provide structure to your answers. Don’t beat around the bush or ramble. Provide relevant information and examples in your answers, whilst keeping them concise and to the point.

  8. Know what makes you a suitable candidate. If you don’t know what you bring to the table, how do you expect the interviewer to know? Emphasise the value that you would bring to the company and why you would be a great fit for the role in question.

  9. Avoid coming across overconfident. It’s very beneficial to be confident and to show that you believe in yourself, but appearing egotistical can be quite off-putting for employers.

  10. Let your personality show. Yes, employers want to know if you know your stuff, but they’re just as interested in the person that you are. Be yourself, it will work in your favour.

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