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The job interview: Preparation is key to interview success says Headhunters

By Michael Tuohy - Dec 19, 2016
The job interview: Preparation is key to interview success says Headhunters

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier - even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count.

That said, there are ways to make a job interview much less stressful. Invest a little time prior to the interview and it will be much easier to handle.

Here is a selection of fundamental job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively.

  • Practice
    Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy. Also have a list of your own questions to ask the employer ready.
  • Research
    This component of preparation is often overlooked. Do your homework about the employer and the industry so you are ready for the question; “What do you know about this company?”  
  • Get Set
    Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with.  In a nutshell, ‘dress to impress.’

Be on time for the interview. Never ever be late for a job interview; never! On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the interview location ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.

Turn off your cell phone or better yet leave your cell phone in your car!

  • Stay calm and display confidence

During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Proper preparation will allow you to exude confidence.   

Display confidence during the interview, but let the interviewer start the dialogue. Send a positive message with your body language.

o   Shake hands firmly, but only if a hand is offered to you first.

o   Maintain eye contact.

o   Listen carefully.  Welcome all questions, even the difficult ones, with a smile.

o   Give honest, direct answers.

o   Develop answers in your head before you respond.  If you don't understand a question, ask for it to be repeated or clarified.  You don't have to rush, but you don't want to appear indecisive.

  • Show what you know

Where possible, try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for.

  • End the interview with a good impression. 

A positive end to the interview is another way to ensure your success.

o   Be courteous and allow the interview to end on time.

o   Restate any strengths and experiences that you might not have emphasized earlier.

o   If you want the job, say so!

o   Find out if there will be additional interviews.

o   Ask when the employer plans to make a decision.

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