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Interview Tips

First impressions count

Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake. Maintain eye contact. You have to sell yourself before you can sell anything else so the first 30 seconds are when an interviewer subconsciously makes decisions about whether they like you or not and whether you will fit into the team.”

Be prepared

Re-read your CV and the brief of the role before the interview. Do your research thoroughly: Look at the company Web site or obtain literature.

Don’t waffle

Answer questions properly – even if you need a few moments’ silence to collect your thoughts.

Be positive

The interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you, so the last thing they’ll want to hear is you talking about your boss or current colleagues behind their back. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic.

Remember your body language

Remember it is not just what you say, but how you say it. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back or look to the floor! Sit upright and try to maintain good eye contact. Use your hands and lean forward when making a point. Many people cannot think and control their body language at the same time, which is why you need to prepare.

Develop rapport

Show energy and a sense of humour and smile. It’s infectious, being positive and enthusiastic so ask your interviewer questions about themselves and any issues the business is facing.

Clarify anything you are unsure of

If you are not certain what is meant by a particular question, ask for clarification. At the end, ask the interviewer if there is anything else he or she needs to know about.

Remember your manners

Tell the interviewer why you are interested in the company and job opportunity. Ask them for a business card and follow it up by sending a “thank-you” e-mail, saying how much you enjoyed meeting them and how interested you are. Take the opportunity to detail the key advantages you bring.