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How to champion your interview

Al Brown

So you’ve aced your CV, impressed the hiring managers and now it’s time for your interview. To prepare, you organise your get-up the night before and arrive in the vicinity thirty minutes early, giving you plenty of time to de-stress after what might be a congestion filled journey. Once there’s fifteen-ish minutes to go, you let the interviewer know you’ve arrived. And breathe! You should already know these pre-interview actions but what about the less obvious things you should be doing? Here are four ways to make sure you’re on top form on the big day.

Research, research, research

If you’ve ever been in an interview, you’ll know that you need to be ready for the inevitable question, “What can you tell me about our company?” Having your answer prepped shows you’ve done your research and taken an active interest in the business, and if you research the CEO and competitors too you’re sure to impress. Next up is the role. Understanding the key tasks set out in the job description will not only show you’ve read the description properly, it’ll help you prepare examples for your interview which demonstrate your skills in every situation. Finally, make sure to research yourself. Take some time to find out what you’re looking for as well as how you can add value to the company.

Back-up your experience

It’s all well and good writing an informative yet charismatic CV but when questioned on it, are you able to back-up your statements? Giving detailed examples of your competencies is key to a successful interview. The interviewee knows your experience, which is enough for the advertised role (otherwise they wouldn’t have brought you in!), so find a couple of examples to demonstrate each point. Don’t steer off the point though, short and concise answers are best.

Make a good impression

From the moment you enter the building, present yourself as confident and up-beat. Your body language and mannerisms matter, plus you never know who’s going to be watching while you’re waiting for the interview to start. Ensure to make eye contact with everyone that you speak with and remain engaged throughout your meeting.

Follow up

You’ve finished the interview, you’re told you’re going hear shortly, but how soon is too soon to check in? Sending an email within 48 hours, thanking the interviewer for their time and reinforcing your interest in the role is a standard. However, if they don’t reply, don’t wait for them to get in contact with you. You can send another email after a week, if they haven’t got in touch with you, just to check in. If you don’t get the role, don’t be afraid to ask if you can stay in touch with the hiring manager. It’s a great way to expand your network and learn where you need to improve.

There you have it, the Holy Grail of interview techniques. Now you’ve got the tools to succeed, why don’t you put them to the test and check out our current vacancies?

Read our related blog: Why recruitment agencies are better than you think

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