Friday, 23 September 2016

How to make a good impression at an interview

Top tips from a Lady Recruits consultant on making a lasting impression at a job interview

Written by Amy Cosgrove
Looking good matters
Your appearance is the first impression the interviewer has of you- be sure to look smart, clean and as though an effort has been made.

Turn up on time
We all know it's important not to be late but it's equally important not to be too early- ten minutes is plenty! Turning up early gives the impression that you have too much time on your hands whereas good timekeeping implies that you value not only your prospective employer's time but also your own.

Be friendly but not familiar
Although you must remain professional but it is also important to be yourself. Don't be afraid to show your personality! Building a rapport with your interviewer will help them to remember you and make you stand out from other applicants

Remember your manners!
Thank the interviewer for their time and ensure that you are friendly, formal and polite in any follow-up emails.

Interviews with recruitment agencies are still real interviews
When applying for a job through a recruitment agency, always take agency interviews just as seriously as you would a normal interview. You must always keep at the forefront of your mind that impressing the recruitment consultant can be the difference between being put forward for a position or not.

Preparation is the key to success
Practice answering common questions either with yourself, a family member or a friend before your interview. It will help to calm your nerves and avoid waffling.

Avoid negativity
Stay positive when talking about your career. Avoid being disrespectful about previous employers at all costs and if things didn't work out try to put a positive spin on what you gained from the experience.
Do your research. Knowing about the company you are interviewing for shows that you are prepared and interested in the specific company- not just getting any job!

Know your CV
It sounds obvious, but you should know your own CV inside out. There should be no need for you to read from your CV in the interview- the interviewer has already read it. Offer information relevant to the current question; do not simply repeat what the interviewer already knows.

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