You have successfully gained some positive attention with your CV, you are now through to the next stage and have been invited to an interview. With some thought and preparation you are possibly only one step away from your next job. Take a look at our top five tips to make sure you don’t skip the basics and give yourself the best chance of success.
1) Wear a suit – no matter what job you are interviewing for, first impressions count. The person interviewing you will want to see that you care about this interview and that you are professional and smart. Do not, however, go overboard and keep the bright pink suit for weddings only!
2) Research the company you are interviewing for. Whilst this may seem like common sense, a lot of people don’t do this. Have a look at who the clients of the company are, how big the company is, when they were formed, where they are based and if you can, their turnover for the last year.
3) Listen to the questions asked – So many people change the question asked to what they want to answer. Listen to exactly what you are asked and try and give relevant and applicable experiences in response. Do not make up examples, and if you don’t know an answer to a question, do not try to guess. The likelihood is that the person asking the questions knows the answer and will know if you are blagging.
4) Be honest – There may be things in your CV that your interviewer questions you further on, namely periods when you weren’t working or short periods of work. Be honest in your responses, an interviewer can always check your answers and will appreciate your honesty.
5) Check LinkedIN before your interview – In this day and age, modern technology has a place in interviews. If you have LinkedIn Premium it will notify you when someone looks at your profile and who they are. If you are going for an interview, and know who will be interviewing you, look at their profile on LinkedIN, do you have anything in common that could be used as a talking point in the interview? Your interviewer is likely to appreciate the fact that you have taken the time and interest to look them up before the interview. It may also act as an ice breaker at the start of the interview!