Often, the first rule to nailing an interview is to understand what a successful interview looks like. Here are some of our top tips to keep in mind:

First impressions last

Given that employers come to conclusions about a person in the first minute, first impressions are key. Be smart and punctual. Offer a confident hand-shake with lots of eye contact and be genuine.

Do your homework

Demonstrate that you have fully researched the company’s background, current challenges and recent trends within the sector.

Know your CV

Your CV will generally structure the process. Knowing it inside out and preparing what your project and competency examples are that match the job spec is fundamental.

Show your social side

Building a rapport with the interviewer can be as important as matching the skills criteria and will demonstrate that you are pleasant to work with. It’s not just about smiling. Use your body language to display interest – nod in agreement, maintain eye contact and no slouching.

Identify your expectations

Knowing what you expect of the role and respectfully seeking the answers to ensure the company is a good fit for you too is important and demonstrates confidence.

Be ready to ask questions

It’s important to have a few questions in mind to ask at the end of the interview. They can be about the company, the role, or the team. They will demonstrate your assertiveness and enthusiasm in being the right fit.

A good follow up

It’s a nice touch and not something often remembered to follow up with a thank you email letting them know you are looking forward to hearing from them.

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