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5 Interview Tips to Secure that Job

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Posted: 6th Sep 2018  |  Share this Article:

Congratulations you have secured that interview. Now the hard work really begins. Here are my top 5 interview tips based on my own experience as a client as well as a job seeker.

Prior to the interview

The purpose of a job interview is to figure out if both parties will benefit from the hire. Note, I said both parties. The interview will help determine if the job and work environment meets both of your needs.

1. Research

Sorry, looking at the prospective companies website homepage, doesn’t cut it anymore. If you want to stand out from the crowd, a deeper dive is required. As part of your research look at quarterly reports, social media accounts, blogs, Glassdoor. I would also suggest setting up a google alert to receive the latest company news.

2. Review your application

Make sure you have read and reviewed a copy of your completed application prior to the interview. You need to refresh your memory, as you may be asked questions about your submission. When you are applying for multiple roles it can be hard to keep track that is why it is important to refresh your memory. Also familiarise yourself with the selection criteria against your application. Always good to remind yourself why you applied for the job in the first place.

3. Prepare for questions using anecdotes

Aha, the crystal ball – we would all love to see in advance what questions the interviewer is going to ask. Can’t help with that but I can suggest using anecdotes, trust me it works. In preparation think about answers to the common interview questions such as “Tell me about a time you disagreed with a decision. What did you do? Break down your answer by problem, action and result.

  1. Problem what was the situation?
  2. Action what did you do to solve it?
  3. Result what changed afterwards?

Interview day

4. Make a Strong Impression

I know interviews are daunting and being nervous is good thing. I say, fake it until you make it mindset is the order of the day. Dress appropriately, smile, demonstrate confidence and good manners. Remember to make eye contact. When answering questions listen carefully to the question and be concise and informative with your answer rather than lengthy stories which can be a turn off. You are trying to prove to the interviewer that you are the right person for the role, sell yourself and show them why you are the best person for the role.

5. Ask Questions

Don’t underestimate the power of asking questions at an interview. Go prepared with at least three to five questions. With candidates focussing so hard on answering the interview questions, this is a missed opportunity if you have not prepared any questions and can reflect badly.

Is the role the right fit? Asking questions is your opportunity to interview the employer and determine whether the company is worthy of your talents, skills and potential.

And Finally

Take a deep breath and enjoy the process, you’ve got this!

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Vivien Edwards

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Vivien Edwards

Cornerstone42 founder

Vivien has nearly 20 years administrative experience covering project and event management, recruitment, training and development, mentorship and supervisory for other admins.

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