shaking hands at an interview

A good employment agency will help you get your CV noticed and find a suitable role. However your interview will be the most important part of achieving your goal of securing a new job.

Preparation

Make the time to educate yourself on the company and what they do. Reread the job responsibilities for the position you’ve applied for. Gathering a few basic facts shows motivation and will help you know what questions to ask later. Also, prepare by bringing along extra copies of your resume or CV; some interviewers may be pulled in at the last moment and appreciate your forethought.

Arrive on time

Ensure that you don’t arrive late to a job interview. Give yourself an extra 20 minutes to account for parking or find the building. Arriving 5 or 10 minutes early is acceptable and already shows the interviewer that you have good time keeping skills.

Turn Off Your Phone

Turning your phone off will reduce distractions and allow you to fully concentrate on your interview. Vibrating phones can still be heard, and if an interviewer things that you feel there are more important things to do or people to speak to, this will likely have a negative impact on your chance of getting the job.

Shake Hands

Always offer to shake the interviewers hand along with anyone else in the room. This shows that you are confident and polite. It also shows that you have acknowledge everyone in the room. Sometimes small courtesies can make a big impression.

Sit Up Straight

It may sound old old-fashioned, but posture matters. Standing tall and sitting up straight not only conveys a sense of maturity and experience to others, it can boost your self confidence. Sitting up straight will also help you speak clearer, rather than slouching and talking into your own chest.

Speak Clearly

Don’t shout, but ensure you project your voice loud enough for everyone in the room to clearly hear. Try not to mumble, instead be clear and precise when answering questions. Try not to waffle, but at the same time don’t be too short with your answers.

Previous Employers

Chances are most interviewers will ask you why you left your previous position. Try not to be negative with your answer. If you left on bad terms, do not bad mouth your past employer. Instead focus on the positive aspects of your previous role and the experience that you gained. If you are applying for a job within the same industry as your previous role, there is a chance that your interviewer could know your past employer. Saying that you wanted a new challenge or had ambitions to further your career elsewhere sounds far better than saying that you fell out with your old colleagues.

Ask Questions

Most interviewers end an interview by asking if you have any questions. This is an important part of the interview and should not be skipped. Asking questions shows that you’re interested and have been listening. Pay attention to the details during your interview, and perhaps ask the interviewer for more details on certain aspects of the role.

Last Impression

When the interview is coming to an end, smile and ensure that you thank the interviewer and anyone else in the room for their time.

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