Here are our Top 10 Tips for Interviews.

Showcasing why you're the right person for the job can be tough under the pressure of a job interview. Your CV and covering letter has fought through the competitive application process, now you need to make sure that you prove yourself to be the best candidate for the job.

Make sure you give yourself the best chance of landing that dream job with our Top 10 Interview Tips and view our Bonus STAR Technique Tip here.

Top 10 Interview Tips

1. Research

Use the job description to find the skills and strengths the interviewers will be looking for and remember to reference these in your answers. Checking the company's website for its goals allows you to tailor your answers to show that your skills and personal qualities are capable of making a contribution.

2. Know your CV

During the pressure of an interview you may forget some important and useful information. Looking over your CV beforehand should help to refresh your mind of all the key experience, achievement and qualification points that you want to make during the interview.

3. Timing

Plan ahead. Take the address of where the interview will be held and work out how you’re going to get there and how long it will take. If possible, doing a practice run can help to identify any issues you might have in getting there on time on the day – if you can’t do a practice run then using Google Street View can help to familiarise yourself with directions. Always aim to arrive 15 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start.

4. Dress appropriately

Appropriate clothing will differ depending on the type of job you are interviewing for, however they should always be clean and smart. 65% of employers claimed that clothing could be a deciding factor between two similar candidates.

5. Be positive

Be confident throughout the interview process. Your skills and experience have been identified as suitable for the role so just concentrate on best representing yourself and what you can offer the company.

6. Go into detail

Think in advance of a number of examples of times when you achieved something important. Link your strengths and skills to the experience you have gained while accomplishing these tasks. Be specific about how you approached them and how you overcame any problems you faced. Where possible respond using the areas covered in STAR Technique.

7. Stand out from the crowd

There can be hundreds of applicants for any given vacancy, many with similar qualifications, experience and skills to you. Make sure you also highlight your strengths which weren’t gained on the job or as part of your education. Think about the personal skills you have and how they can be expressed to convince the interviewer that you are not another average candidate.

8. Honesty is the best policy

Don’t be tempted to lie in a job interview. It’s very easy to get caught out and you will almost certainly not get the job. Admitting to not knowing an answer shows honesty and provides an opportunity to show willingness to learn new things.

9. Listen

Don’t rush to answer the interviewer’s question, listen carefully and think about giving a complete answer to all of the aspects they have enquired about.

10. Always ask questions

Asking questions can show an employer that you are genuinely interested in the job. It certainly does not count against you to ask questions, besides emphasising your communication skills it also gives you an opportunity to clarify anything you're unsure of. Preparing questions in advance is a good idea but be mindful that these may be answered during the course of the interview.

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