Picture this: you walk into an interview room full of confidence and knowing exactly how to perfectly answer the ‘What are your greatest weaknesses’ question.
When it comes to interview prep, it’s not just about looking your best, it’s about showcasing your skills and highlighting your greatest achievements.
Now is your chance to do your company research, review the job description along with your CV and best prepare how to answer the difficult questions.
Today we’re sharing 14 interview top tips to help you along this journey.
Before an interview
- Make sure you’re aware of key interview details – timings, location, duration, and who will be in the interview.
- Do your research on the company and individual interviewing you. Take note of the company’s mission statement, values, and what appears on their website and social media.
- Check back over the job description so you can be confident in cross-referencing your skills to what the company are looking for.
- Dress to impress. Your recruiter would have already mentioned what the company culture is like so you can decide on appropriate dress. It’s always best to dress on the smarter side.
- Prepare intriguing questions ahead of your interview based on your research. If these questions end up getting answered before the end, avoid asking again but you could ask to elaborate on certain points.
- Be prepared to sell yourself. Talk positively about your achievements and past opportunities, don’t forget to mention what you’re hoping to achieve in the future.
On your interview day
- Arrive at your interview 5 minutes early to show eagerness and good time management skills.
- Use the STAR interview technique to ensure you answer questions fully. Situation, Task, Action, Result
- If you’re anxious or didn’t quite hear what the interviewer said, don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat the question.
- Be mindful of your posture, body language and tone of voice. You want to come across friendly and welcoming.
- If you need more time to think about your answer, take a sip of water.
- Don’t ask about holidays or time off during your first interview.
- Always thank the interviewer for their time, a small thank you can go a long way and help them to remember you.
- After your interview, make sure to contact your recruiter to check in with how you feel the interview went. The recruiter can then contact the client to get feedback and prepare next steps, if successful.
Read our latest blog here: “How to research a company for a job interview”