Your Guide To A Successful Interview

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Most job applications will involve an interview at some stage in the process, so if you can brush up on interview technique beforehand, you'll be in the best position on the day.

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Your Guide To A Successful Interview

  1. 1. Your guide to:A successfulinterview You’ve found the job, wowed with your CV, and now you’re through to the interview stage. Take a moment to congratulate yourself - just a moment mind; there’s work to be done. Succeeding at interview is the ultimate goal of any job search (unless you just really want the practice), so you need to approach it with as much thought, planning and thoroughness as the search, CV preparation, and cover letter stages. Your potential new employer will be trying to decipher what sort of person you are, whether you can do the job, and how well you’ll fit in with their company culture; your aim is to convince them that you’re the person they’re looking for, more than capable of taking on the role, and the perfect fit for their company.Not all interviews are the sameAs well as the traditional one-to-one • What format the interview is likely Because we’re focused on your future,interview (which we know can be to take it’s really important to us that you gointimidating enough), there’s always a into each interview feeling confident • How many interviews you’ll havechance that you might be interviewed and well prepared; which is why we’llover the phone, by a panel of people, • The name and job titles of your always do our utmost to help youor be asked to take assessment tests. interviewer(s) understand the culture, values andThe good news is that if you get an ethos of the company that you’re • Who else you’re likely to meet andinterview through Office Angels, we’ll interviewing for - but you need to put whentell you what to expect on the day, in the groundwork too.including: • If you should expect any assessments, and if so, which type • Whether you’ll be expected to deliver any presentationsFollow us on:www.office-angels.com
  2. 2. Know what you want to say If it’s practical, try to visit the place • Talk positively about results, your interview is being held beforehand profitability and productivity,It’s safe to assume that you’ll be asked so that you know how to get there, so that the interviewer can seesome fairly standard questions about how long it’s likely to take, and what evidence of your success andwork, the job you’re being interviewed the parking facilities are like. If you’re determinationfor, and your strengths, weaknesses, arriving by public transport, make sure • Communicate your points in aand experience. You might also be you give yourself enough time to allow factual but sincere wayasked about how you’d handle certain for delays and disruptions - a cancelledprofessional situations, such as dealing train isn’t a good enough excuse whenwith a difficult customer or juggling a you could have caught the one before. You’re bound to be nervous, andheavy workload, so it’s wise to plan if you’ve rehearsed the questionssome answers prior to the interview - beforehand, you might be eager tothat way, you’ve got something to draw Perfecting your interview get your answers across as soon ason at the crucial moment. you have the chance; but before you technique rush in, make sure that you’ve listenedBut the preparation doesn’t end there. The most important thing when you attentively to the question you’re first meet your interviewer is to appear being asked. You should also avoid You need to think of some questions confident. Even if you don’t feel it, you yes/no answers where possible - the of your own to demonstrate your can still convey confidence with your interviewer is keen to get to know who interest in the job, such as: actions. you are, and such short responses won’t give them anything to go on. • How did the vacancy come about? • How do they see the role • Start with a firm handshake and If you’re ever unsure about a question developing? be aware of your body language and need more clarification, it’s much • What challenges face the team/ better to ask and be clear about what • Speak clearly and make sure that department/organisation? you’re answering, than to guess and your voice sounds warm answer incorrectly. After all, it shows • What would they expect you to • Keep enough eye contact to great confidence and communication achieve in the first three months? establish sincerity, and remember skills on your part. to smileIt’s also a good idea to think of some Before you leave the interview, • Be enthusiastic about the job andquestions that demonstrate your remember to politely shake hands and the prospect of working for themresearch into the job, the organisation, thank your interviewer(s) for the chanceand the market in which it operates. • Use body language to emphasise to learn more about the job and the your enthusiasm and support what organisation - however you think it you’re saying went.You only get one chance ata first impression The interviewer isn’t trying to trick you; they just want to make sure that you’reIt’s a cliché, but it’s true. You need the the right person for the job - so leaveinterviewer to believe in you from the them in no doubt.moment you walk through the door,so help them out by getting to yourinterview early. Nothing makes a worse • Use convincing STAR examplesfirst impression than arriving late, so (Situation, Task, Action, Result)double check the time of your interview, to show what you’ve achieved inwhere it’s being held and how to get previous jobs, and what you couldthere. contribute to this oneFollow us on:www.office-angels.com
  3. 3. Some final thoughts from • Take a notebook, file or diary And when the whole process is over,the experts to write down key issues and make sure you give us a call to talk questions through how you think the interview • Get a good night’s rest before went; we’ll do the same with your • Read company press releases each interview employer, and have feedback for and brochures for up-to-date you as soon as we can. • Try to arrive early to showcase your information timekeeping skills • Resist the urge to criticise your • Take a mobile in case of previous employer unexpected delays, but switch it off • Avoid trying to negotiate salary when you get there or terms of employment until you • Make sure your clothes and receive an offer personal grooming make the right • Never pressurise your interviewer impression for a decision - nobody likes to be • Limit hand luggage to a good put on the spot quality briefcase or portfolio Visit our website:: Download our app: Check out our other guides: office-angels.com office-angels.com/appFollow us on:

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