Top 5 job interview tips

If you are counting down the days till your next job interview, these helpful hints will help you get in the right frame of mind so that you can leave a lasting impression on the interviewers

1. Do your research

Fail to plan, and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their last year’s profits and latest product launches. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence. Also check out the Company’s latest annual accounts
2. Practice your answers

Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job. Typical questions include the following

Tell me a bit more about yourself
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Why should we hire you? or What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
What salary are you seeking?

3. Look the part

Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. Dressing one level above the job you’re applying for shows a desire to succeed.

 4. Stay calm

Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before.
Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and the may be nervous too!

5. Ask questions

You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some which will give you more information about the job and some which delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company. Typical questions include

How would you describe the company culture and management style?
Why has the position become available?
What are the main objectives and responsibilities of the position?
What can I expect from you in terms of development and support?
What is the main thing the organisation expects from its employees?
Can I progress my long term career within the Company
What is staff turnover like within the company?
What are the Company’s plans for growth and expansion?

Good luck! We hope you get the job.