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5 months ago by Elk Recruitment
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1.       Mental and Practical Preparation

Remember why you are there, you need this job but don’t forget they also need you,
ultimately that’s why you are really there. The guys interviewing you don’t want to
see a well-rehearsed performance it’s unnatural and fake, they want to see an honest
interview, your skill set and a confident you that is capable of explaining and convincing
why they should pick you over other candidates.  It is also important during the course
of the interview that you make them feel through your answers and actions that you are
already doing the position and one of their team.  How do you do this? Take time out
days in advance of the interview, read as much about the company and the industry as
possible, understand the role/job spec inside out and go through in your mind what your
day would look like if you were working in this position already.  I know it seems a bit
crazy, but it works, by doing this preparation you are much better equipped to address
interview questions effectively in a manner that will impress the panel.

2.       Know Your CV

This is probably one of the most important of the 5 interview tips, Up until the moment
you walk in the interview room the interviewees will only know you from what is written
in your CV and the description of you given to them by your recruiter.  Rest assured there
is always one interviewer in the room whose main aim is to catch you out, so be prepared.
While you are answering someone else’s question he or she is waiting in the darkness to
pounce with a humdinger of an interview question to ask you why you left a certain
employer or why there is a one month gap in your CV.  To avoid any possible hick ups,
know every nook and cranny of your CV and be prepared to elaborate on each and every
bullet point when required and if possible making your answers relevant to the position
you are applying for.

3.       Relax, It's Show Time

OK, so you have reviewed and executed the top 5 interview tips, are now walking into the
interview room looking at the interview panel, now is a good time to take a deep breath,
relax, smile and relish in the fact that all your preparation and hard work will now pay
dividends.  After all you are a fearless assertive smart and charming individual and they
would be lucky to have you as part of their team, now go and shine.

4.       Ask Questions

There is always a section at the end of an interview for you to ask questions.  Usually
this part of the interview is a relaxed stage for you in that you have made it to the end
in one piece, but that’s not correct.  Use this time to turn the table with some intelligent
well taught out questions that are both engaging and thought provoking.  For instance
you could ask them a question about the future of the business regarding a recent
change in the industry they operate in or you could ask them about the organisational
structure and the management style they adopt. Remember not to be too intrusive
and only ask a question that you know they have a good chance of answering, you
don’t want to show boat!

5.       Reflect

So how did it go, did you use the interview tips fully? Take this time after the interview
to reflect on your interview, although at this point you may not know the ultimate
decision, it is the perfect time to identify areas you need to improve on for future
interviews, reflect and improve, reflect and improve. 

“If you do tomorrow what you did today, you will get tomorrow what you
got today”

Benjamin Franklin