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How to Survive an Interview


1. Be on time!

Lateness is a big faux-pas that will probably leave a big fat cross on your application form before the interview begins!

2. Be Prepared!

Look at the employer’s website/financial report and learn something about the company before you attend your interview. Why would you want to work for a company you know nothing about?!

3. Practice possible questions!

Work through your CV and think about the kind of questions you are likely to be asked. It is important you then give some thought to the answers, looking at what the Interviewer is trying to ascertain from each question and how best to reflects you in a positive, considered light.

4. What are your weaknesses?

‘I am a perfectionist actually!’ doesn’t really work! Try to find an area of your experience/skill that is currently lacking. An interviewer will appreciate your candor – as long as whatever you disclose can be easily remedied.

5. You never get a second chance to make a first impression!

Interviewers are not only looking for positive factors such as smart business attire, natural confidence, friendly smile, firm handshake, preparation, well thought out answers, interest in their organisation, intelligence, good eye contact (not staring!) and ability to name but a few …………. they are also looking at negative factors. These are just a few of the negative factors that can lead to rejection:

* Poor personal appearance
* Inability to express thoughts clearly
* Lack of confidence
* Limp handshake
* Inability to maintain eye contact
* Lack of interest and enthusiasm
* Desperation – (any job!)
* Lack of planning for career – no purpose or goals
*  Turn your phone off

6. Be honest!

There really is no point lying about your background and/or skills. If you manage to get through the interview – this could seriously affect your ability to do the job and if you are found out – you can be sure you won’t be around for long!

7. Check your CV for possible gaps!

Make sure you know how you are going to explain time gaps on your CV.

8. Talk about specific achievements!

Interviewers like to know how you felt about a particular success. Some will ask for specific examples of things you’ve done that you’re particularly proud of; how you solved problems. What did you learn from this and has it improved how you deal with situations in the future. Again make sure you think this through before your interview. What are your biggest achievements/successes?

9. Don’t talk too much!

Communication is a two-way of talking and listening. Make sure you listen to the question and answer what they are asking NOT what you think they want to hear, or what you want to tell them. This can lead to waffling. Moving completely away from the point may leave your interviewer questioning your ability to communicate effectively.

11. Be enthusiastic and positive!

Don’t criticise previous employers, particularly within the industry – they will only think that you are the kind of person who will bad mouth them in the future. Focus on positive achievements, experiences and views. A firm handshake, a pleasant smile and a confident and positive outlook can work wonders!

12. Be on time!

And finally, Don’t give up!

The fact is that you will not be offered every job however perfect you think you may be for it. Maybe it’s because the interviewer was completely blind to the talent that stood before them but maybe another candidate with the same level of skills and ability spent a bit more time prior to the interview, preparing for it!

Feedback from interviews where you have been turned down can be invaluable for improving future results. Ask politely if they can give you any feedback for the future – there’s a job out there for you somewhere.

Best of luck!!!

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