Having a well written, concise and detailed CV is only the first stage in being successful in your search for that fantastic, exciting new opportunity that seems to have been written for you. But your biggest hurdle is yet to come…the interview.
While it may seem obvious here are some simple pointers to help secure that dream job and stand out above the interview crowd.
Make the most of the first 5 minutes. You can never go wrong with a suit and tie for you men out there, just remember to fasten that top button and make sure your shoes are clean and shiny. Be sure to greet the interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake – it really does make all the difference.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to talk about your experience using “we” as the opener. This simple word implies that during the task you are describing you were part of a larger team that completed the work and your role in the process starts to become unclear. Always tell the interviewer specifically what you did using the word “I”.
Evidence, Examples and Achievements
Be prepared with plenty of examples of relevant situations, projects and activities to bring your experience to life in real world situations. It is one thing to tell an interviewer that you can do something however it is much more powerful to tell them you can, you have a detailed example of where and that the your personal involvement resulted in a successful project.
It can be all too easy to get carried away in an interview that you think is going really well. Take a deep breath and make sure you are listening. If you are unclear on a question, always clarify and listening will help you pick up on cues from the interviewer on what they are looking for from you as a candidate and what you should be able to contribute to the role.
Use all resources available to you to get an insight into the organisation before the interview. Annual reports, websites, jobs advertised and LinkedIn are great sources of information to get you ready to perform in the interview. This reading will also help you prepare questions to ask the Interviewer during the process. Remember, you are also interviewing the company to see if they are right for you.
Lastly, you should try to relax and be confident in your knowledge and ability.
All that's left to say is good luck!