Five Interview Tips For Job Hunters

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Published: 4 Jun 2015      

The interview can be the most nerve racking part of applying for any job. After all, the actual application is usually done behind a computer screen somewhere, without any direct interaction with the company that you're applying for.

The interview, on the other hand, is a face-to-face meeting with one or more of the people who will be your direct superiors, should you get the job. It's a pressure cooker environment and it is understandable if you are nervous, especially if it has been a while since your last interview.

It's not all bad though. The more you build it up in your mind the easier it is to fail, so it is important to stay calm and follow these tips for the best possible chances.

5. Do Research

There is nothing a potential employer hates more than interviewing a candidate and being able to tell within the first couple of minutes that they are not right for the job. This usually happens when the candidate fails to demonstrate any knowledge about the company or the position that they are applying for.

It is very important to do your research before the interview so that you are prepared to answer the introductory questions about what you know about the company.

4. Be Early

Don't just be on time for the interview - be early. Now we don't mean ridiculously early, as that will make you seem a little bit over-keen. But five or ten minutes early shows that you care about the position and will go out of your way to make a good first impression.

Whatever you do, do not turn up late without having a very good reason.

3. Remember Body Language

You want to convey an attitude of confidence and competence, which is something that you can't do if your body language is showing that you are overly nervous or attempting to compensate for being too nervous.

Be calm and treat the interview a little like a conversation. Not so much that you get informal, but enough so that you don't feel nervous and are able to convey some aspects of your personality.

2. Ask Questions

An interview isn't just about your potential employer asking you some questions - they want to see if you are taking an active interest in the company as well, regardless of what they do.

This means that it is always a good idea to have some questions that you have thought of beforehand that you can ask at the end of the interview. Don't be afraid to ask questions during the interview, just make sure you aren't interrupting and that the questions is logical.

1. So Thank-You

Politeness goes a long way in the world of work, so once the interview has concluded make sure that you shake the hand of the person interviewing you and thank them for taking the time to talk to you.

Some people feel that following this up with a further note by email is useful, but it may make you seem overbearing. As such, just make sure to be courteous to everybody that you encounter on the day.


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