How to succeed in a job interview

6 February, 2020

So you’ve sent your cover letter and resume in to the job of your dreams and have been asked to attend an interview. Whilst we’re sure you’ve been to many interviews it doesn’t hurt to reflect on the following tips for how to succeed in a job interview.

TIP 1: Practice excellent non-verbal communications skill

Did you know that your recruiter may be sizing you up in the first few seconds of meeting? We bet this gives a whole new meaning to “first impression count.” Stand up straight, make eye contact when you shake the interviewers hand and smile. Your body language is known as paralanguage, and should be mastered from the moment you get into your car or mode of transport to your interview. Your non-verbal communication includes your perfume or cologne – is it too heavy or intoxicating? As well as attending an interview reeking of cigarette smoke or chewing gum.

TIP 2: Self-presentation

Further to your non-verbal cues, the way you dress for an interview will have a huge effect on your chances of getting the job. What you should wear will depend on the job you are applying for; however, all jobs require a groomed appearance. Footwear should be clean of scuffs and your overall out should edge on the more conservative side, for both men and women. If you are unsure of the companies dress code, you can always call their reception for some advice.

TIP 3: Listen and don’t talk too much

Chances are your interviewer has gone through your social media accounts (which should have been vetted by yourself prior to applying for any jobs!) Try not to delve into any personal information about yourself that might be considered TMI. Before you attend your interview, think about your hobbies and what you like to do on the weekend that would be appropriate to share if the question comes up. Your interviewer will be trying to get an idea of your personality so it is best to prepare for this without being put on the spot. Remember, you’re not trying to make a new friend but bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview.

TIP 4: Make the most of every question

When interviewers ask for an example of a time when you did something, they are asking behavioural interview questions. Try to answer these questions with an example from a past job that will better highlight your skillset. If the interviewer asks you if you have any questions at the end of the interview, be prepared. Draft some of your own questions about the company and the position that demonstrate your interest in the job rather than just saying “no.”