Top tips to prepare for a successful job interview

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If a new job is on the cards for you this year, doing some groundwork will set you up for success. Planning is particularly important for the interview process.

The interview is your chance to sell yourself to a captive audience. If you want to make a good impression, you need to do your research beforehand. Employers want to know that you’re genuinely interested in their company and the position.

We’ve put together the ultimate job guide to help you on your quest. In it you’ll find lots of useful information, like these top tips to help you get set for interview success. 

Make a good first impression

Most recruiters decide whether a candidate is right for the job in the first ten seconds of meeting them, so it’s important that you make a good first impression.

The face-to-face interview

In the face-to-face interview, you’re being judged the minute your potential employer lays eyes on you.

Keep the following in mind:

  1. When you introduce yourself to the interviewer/s make eye contact, smile, use your first and last name and give a firm but brief handshake.
  2. Be aware of your body language – what you say must be mirrored by how you carry yourself.
  3. Make sure what you’re wearing is appropriate for the job you’re applying for. 

The video interview

The key thing to remember about the video interview is that any distractions are amplified and will work against you.

Here are a few things to check beforehand:

  • Make sure you have the technology sorted. Know what programme to use and how to use it, have a strong internet connection and make sure your computer battery is charged or plugged in.
  • Looks are important here too. The camera doesn’t like black, white or anything with a busy pattern, so avoid wearing these – navy blue is best.
  • Choose a simple background. No mirrors or pictures, and remove all distractions from the room, including pets, children and flatmates.

Quick interview prep checklist

  • Research the organisation.
  • Anticipate the employer's questions.
  • Have your questions ready and be prepared for any tests. 
  • Practise your interview – role play with a friend or family member.
  • If you’re doing a video interview have the technology sorted.
  • Look the part – first impressions count, so dress appropriately.
  • Know exactly where the interview is, so you’re not late.

For more inspiration download our free job hunters' guide for 2017. It's packed with tips and advice on how to help you stand out in today's competitive job market.

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