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Interview Advice

" Our aim is to sharpen your act "

Congratulations, you've got your foot in the door. The important thing now is to make sure you do the best you can at your interview. This means researching and properly preparing. You'll need to convince the interviewer that you are not only right for the job, but that you are better than any other candidate.

Before The Interview

Research the company
Clients will expect you to know about their organisation. The best starting point is the Internet. Firstly, start with their website, paying close attention to the products and services that they offer. It's also a good idea to look at the history of the company and their latest press releases.

Check out competitive companies

Take a look at their main competitors' sites and highlight any interesting differences. A candidate that knows the market place shows that they are proactive and genuinely interested in the industry.

From your research it is a good idea to put together a few questions that you can ask at the interview.

Rehearse your answers and questions

Typically; you will only have around an hour to get across your key selling points, so it's worthwhile rehearsing what you want to say.
Start by identifying the most important things you want to get across. Focus on structuring your answers without letting them sound rehearsed.

With more and more companies having a relaxed dress code, you may be tempted to dress down for your interview. However, you should always dress professionally. If you look the part, you'll feel the part - and the client will notice.

Focus your thoughts on being energetic, assertive, confident and likeable.

The Interview Itself

You've prepared yourself for the interview, but being able to communicate effectively is the key to succeeding. Here are a few tips:

Make sure you answer the question.
Organise your answers.
Be concise.
Answer questions with interest and enthusiasm - if relevant, relate it to their business.
Be positive about your reason for leaving your most recent position.
Quantify the confidence other employers have placed in you.
Never criticise previous organisations or employers.
Make the position you're interviewing for your chief objective.

If you have been made redundant
All interviewers will have had some experience of redundancy situations, so you shouldn't feel embarrassed when you talk about what happened. Emphasise that the redundancy was unrelated to you as a person and as an employee. Companies will want to know how you will react to adverse situations if hired, and here is a good opportunity to show that you're a survivor who makes the best of every situation.

Closing The Interview

Four important things you need to remember about closing an interview are:

If you have questions about the company ask them now.
If the interview has failed to elicit some important information about you, make that information known before you close.
Find out what the next step will be and when it is likely to occur.
Take the time to thank them for interviewing you and give a firm handshake when you leave, even if the interview didn't go as well as you would have liked.


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