10 Tips for Interview Success

Here are a few do’s and don’t s for being at your best during a job interview. Preparing for a job interview is essential to make a good impression in the interview board. Try to employ these handy job interview tips to win over your interviewer:

1. First Impressions Count

Greet your interviewer with a smile and firm handshake. Make eye contact, this exudes confidence. Try to make small talk during the walk from the reception area to the interview room. Remember “You have to sell yourself before you can sell anything else and the first 30 seconds are when the interviewer subconsciously makes decisions about whether you will fit into the team.”

2. Be Prepared

Re-read your CV and the job advert just before the interview. Do your research thoroughly: Look at the company web site or obtain literature. You may be asked about the salary you are after so make sure you have a well prepared answer for this.

3. Don’t Waffle

Answer questions clearly and concisely — even if you need a few moments silence to collect your thoughts. It’s better to say you need a minute to think about your answer rather than speak instantly and regret it afterwards.

4. Why should they hire you?

Most job adverts will list qualities they’re looking for — a team worker, a good communicator — so it’s up to you think of example of how you can demonstrate these skills. Be ready to talk about your knowledge, expertise, abilities and skills. Have at least three strong points about yourself that you can relate to the company and job on offer.

5. Be Positive

Your interview will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you, so the last thing they’ll want to hear is you talking about your boss or current colleagues behind their back. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic.

6. Remember your Body Language

It is not what you say, but how you say it. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back on the chair or look at the floor! Sit upright and try to maintain good eye contact. Use your hands and lean forward when making a point. Many people cannot think and control their body language at the same time, which is why you need to prepare, because the body language plays a vital part in giving an impression about you to the interviewer.

7. Expect the unexpected

Your interviewer may try to catch you off guard. Survey shows that 90 percent employers ask “killer questions” in interviews. It is impossible to plan for every difficult question, such as “How would your colleagues describe you?” but try to appear relaxed and in control. Ask the interviewer to repeat the question If necessary but do not evade it.

8. Develop rapport

Show energy, a sense of humor and smile. Jean Smith a social Anthropologist says: “it is infectious, being positive and enthusiastic.” Ask your interviewer questions about themselves and any issues the business is facing.

9. Clarify anything you’re unsure about

It you are not certain what is meant by a particular question, ask for clarification. Ask the end; ask the interviewer it there is anything else he or she needs to know about. Do not be afraid to ask when you are likely to hear if you have been successful or not.

10. Remember your manners

It is better to choose than to be chosen. Tell the interviewer why you are interested in the company and job opportunity. Ask them for a business card and follow it up by sending a “thanks you” e-mail. Take the opportunity detail the key advantages you would bring to the organization.