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Interview Tips

Congratulations! You have an interview and are one step closer to your new job!

We know that even the most confident of people get nervous before embarking on a job interview but the key to a successful interview is preparation. So check out Harris Lord’s top interview tips.

TOP TIP: Research, research and research some more!...

Find out as much information as possible about the Company.
Do your research! Look at their website and research their Social Media and Press releases. Try to find out as much as possible about the background and culture of the company and the company’s upcoming and future objectives. Then explain how they could utilise your expertise and skills to enhance and benefit their business.

If you are attending an interview through an agency they should supply you with a detailed job/person description and information on the company.

Check beforehand whether it will be a panel interview, group interview or 1-2-1. Also check to see if you have to take any tests or evaluations, i.e. typing test, psychometric, personality evaluation etc. It is always best to be prepared should any of the above be required on the day.

Think of any appropriate questions to ask on the day, so when they ask you if you have any questions you are prepared. Don’t ask about salary and/or benefits at a first interview.

Dress for Success. You should be well groomed with tidy hair, clean clothes and shoes. It is not a good idea to wear strong perfume or too much make-up or jewellery. Remember your choice of attire should have a positive impact. Check out company culture too this can influence your clothing choice. It is however always best to be overdressed than too casual.

Plan your route carefully, giving yourself plenty of time. You should arrive about 5-10 minutes early to have a chance to look around and relax. This will also give you the opputunity to look over any notes that you may have prepared.

Take a clean copy of your CV, a notebook and pen for notes. Keep papers in a folder or a briefcase.

At the interview make sure you give a strong handshake and smile and remember to maintain eye contact.

Be positive, watch your body language — do not cross your arms but do make frequent eye contact. This shows that you are concentrating and are fully engaged in the conversation. Do not fidget or interrupt and don’t be afraid to sell yourself. Never criticise former employers etc… keep positive and keep replies concise and clear.

Be honest. You are promoting yourself and dishonesty will not benefit you in the long run!

Listen carefully before answering a question. Allow the interviewer to finish before answering. Remember, an interview is a two-way thing and they will want to find out about you as much as you want to find out about the company and the vacancy.

Remember to emphasize your strengths- try to stand out from the crowd, there will be many applicants with similar qualifications. Explain why you are the best candidate for the position- use examples of when you have utilised these skills.

Ask what the next step would be if you are successful, if you are really interested in the position then let the interviewer know.

Last but not least, do not forget to thank the interviewer for their time.