You’ve finally landed an interview for your dream job, but do you know the best things to do (and not do) in an interview?
Here are our 6 top tips on how to perform your best in an interview:
Make a good first impression
It’s not just how you dress, but your body language and punctuality too. Research by psychologists has shown that people decide what they think of you within four minutes of a first meeting, therefore is very important to make a good impression right from the start.
Show your personality
Who you are is just as important for cultural fit as what you can do. Be confident—you wouldn’t have reached the interview stage if you didn’t have what the company is looking for—but make sure that confidence doesn’t come off as arrogance.
Research the company
Show that you’ve prepared for the interview and that you have an interest in their business. That means knowing the company’s mission, their recent achievements, who is interviewing you, and what you should wear for your interview.
Know your CV
This includes knowing what you’re looking for in the role and salary. Make sure you’ve reviewed your resume for start to finish and can speak intelligently about all the facts you have listed on it. Be able to give examples of projects where you’ve made a business impact.
Prepare some questions to ask at the end of your interview
Questions, for example asking them about their goals, shows you are as interested in them as they are in you. Start by asking yourself why should you want to work for this company. Still stuck? Try this: “How do staff members here develop and learn?”
About yourself and your skills. Use positive phrases in your conversation as well as a direct eye gaze with your interviewer. Whatever you do, don’t bad mouth your old job or boss!
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