How do you shine at interview
Published: 08 Nov 2012
How do you shine at interview and demonstrate you’re the right person for the job?
Here are ten things to help you to interview and job success:
- Know your CV inside and out and make sure you can talk about your previous roles, skills and experience.
- Do some background research into the company, its business and, if possible, your interviewer. Use LinkedIn as a good starting point.
- Think about where you can add value. Use STAR (situation, task, action, result) to illustrate your achievements and their relevance to the role.
- Be prepared to answer competency based questions such as “can you give me an example of when you’ve made a mistake and what you did about it?”.
- Make sure you have a list of questions to ask at the end. Not only is this is a big opportunity to show you’re really interested, you can find out what it’s really like to work there.
- Expect the unexpected – some interviewers like to catch you off-guard. Treat whatever is thrown at you as a challenge, think through your answers and don’t be afraid to ask questions for clarification.
- Remember that first impressions count. Dress appropriately for the organisation you’re going to see. Look confident ad enthusiastic and use eye contact to build rapport.
- Keep your language appropriate. Use your research to understand what the organisation is like and listen to the language your interviewer uses. Avoid jargon and slang.
- Practice makes perfect – rehearse your answers to common questions and how you’ll explain your previous roles. Knowing what you’re going to say will help you appear more confident, concise and assured.
- Get the basics right – make sure you know exactly where you’re going, how long it will take you to get there and make sure you have a contact number in case you’re delayed.
Download our guide to Ensuring interview success for more help in preparing for that all-important meeting.