They liked your CV and you’ve secured an interview, congratulations! Now what do you do? Read our tips and advice to help you prepare and get through the process.

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Do your research:

Preparing for your interview will give you the best chance of getting the job. Doing your research on the company is key. Before the interview, ensure you search for company information, check out your interviewer on LinkedIn, read any news articles/features about the business, have a look over relevant facts and figures and developments within the industry itself. Be sure to ask your recruiter or potential employer how the interview will be structured, how long it’s likely to last and if there’s any additional information you will need to take. This type of research will help you to converse with the interviewer in a more confident manner. With this information in mind, prepare some questions to ask the potential employer at the end of the interview.

 

Practice makes perfect:

Make sure you’re very familiar with the detail contained in your CV. Be confident about talking about your work experience and achievements. Do this in a logical, chronological order and keep it relevant to the role itself. Practice what you’re going to say out loud to ensure it sounds right. Preparing answers to common interview questions and scenarios is also very important and will give more confidence.

 

Before the interview:

Plan out your route and ensure you’re leaving enough time for yourself. Get an early night the night before and eat sensibly before you go. No-one wants to hear a rumbling stomach! Plan your outfit and make sure it’s ironed, shoes are polished and clothes fit correctly. If you look and feel the part, you will feel more confident about presenting yourself. Remember, first impressions count!

 

Stay Calm:

It’s normal and healthy to feel nervous before an interview. It shows your passion for the job. Remember that an interview is a two-way process, it’s a chance for you to present yourself and convince a potential employer why you might be right for the role. It’s also a chance for them to sell the job and the company to you, so they may well be as nervous as you are. Stay calm and focussed whilst waiting to go in for your interview – by now it would be too late to do anymore prep, instead, channel that energy into breathing and thinking about other things. Arriving for your interview in plenty of time (at least 15 mins before it starts) will also help to remain clam.

 

The interview itself:

Smile! This will not only help you, but you will find it puts other people at ease too. Keeping eye contact with the interviewer is important, it shows confidence and engagement with what they’re saying. Nodding your head from time-to-time is crucial in showing you understand and agree with the points the interviewer is making. Smiling, eye contact and nodding are thought to be the most influential forms of body language, as well as a firm handshake and no slouching! Your practice and preparation you would have done prior to the interview will ensure the process flows smoothly. Remember to ask those all important questions.

 

Closing the interview:

End the interview by telling the interviewer what you like about the role and why you think you’re right for it. At this point, it’s also worth asking the interviewer if they have any doubts or concerns about you and your experience. This will be their final impression of you and the last opportunity to sell yourself and put their mind at rest about any potential niggling doubts they may have about you!

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