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10 tips for successful job interview

As first impressions count, you’ll need to make sure that you present yourself well for the interview. Also make sure that you smile and shake hands with the interviewer. Why not try making some small talk while you walk from the reception to the interview room as this will also put you in a good light.

Preparation is key. Make sure that you read your CV before the interview and that you spend time researching the firm you’re interviewing for. The company’s website will be a mine of information and you’ll find other info on websites like Wikipedia and Linked In.

When you’re in the interview make sure you don’t waffle. Be confident and that will come through when you speak but don’t make the mistake of speaking before you think as you might say something you’ll regret.

When you’re in the interview make sure you don’t waffle. Be confident and that will come through when you speak but don’t make the mistake of speaking before you think as you might say something you’ll regret.

The qualities the firm want in an applicant will be made clear in their advert so make sure you understand what they’re looking for and then demonstrate those skills during the interview.

Always remain positive during the interview. When you’re asked to give answers to questions like: “Why do you want to leave your job?” don’t take the opportunity to run your boss down.

Body language is important so make sure you don’t slouch during the interview. Don’t lean back or fold your arms either.

Body language is important so make sure you don’t slouch during the interview. Don’t lean back or fold your arms either.

The next piece of advice is aligned to the idea of being prepared because you should always expect the unexpected. Your interviewer will try and catch you off guard so make sure that you are prepared for those killer questions that could otherwise lead to uncomfortable silences.

Rapport is something that can be developed and it’s not something that you should leave to the interviewer. Smile and show you have a sense of humour throughout the interview.

You shouldn’t pretend to understand things that you didn’t get. Ask for clarification in a constructive and non-confrontational way.

Manners are the most important thing. As with the first impression, a lack of manners will also put your interviewer off so make sure you’re polite.

Manners are the most important thing. As with the first impression, a lack of manners will also put your interviewer off so make sure you’re polite.

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