In these very uncertain times, unfortunately, it seems likely that some jobs could be at risk and this is going to put a lot of people onto the jobs’ market.  We deal with hundreds of interviews a year and one thing we have learned is to expect the unexpected.  Often the simple things get overlooked, which make the difference to a successful interview.  We are always broadening our knowledge, with debriefs from hiring managers and candidates, to get the full picture. I’ve tried to summaries some of the top job interview tips below: 

1 – Do your background research

A regular feature on the rejection feedback is that candidates have not done enough background research.  This still surprises me as it’s the easiest one to do and with the internet, there really is no excuse.  If you’re struggling for inspiration, try the following as a starting points.

2 – Ask the right questions

 Research is one thing but having some well prepared questions is also vitally important, it shows you are really interested in working there.  There are limitless options but we think some good questions are the following:

3 – Check everything

We see interviews going wrong for some crazy reasons, sometimes no one is to blame but often it could have been resolved if checks had been in place.  

Have a spare copy of your CV printed as well as ready to email, in case the interviewer does not have it.

4 – Look the part

This is a tricky one as we move to a more casual working environment, however I would always err on the side of caution and wear smart business wear.  If in doubt check with the client, you might also get a sense of what’s appropriate by pictures of the leadership on their website.  

5 – Closing the interview

You want to make sure you have given the best impression that you can do the job and are interested in working there.  At the end, check that  they have all the information they need, ask about next steps and the time line.  Ask if you have the interviewer’s support to progress to the next stage. You can also follow up with an email thanking them for their time, restating your fit and maybe dropping in some new information, eg “I didn’t get time to cover this in the interview but I won the sales club two years running in 2019 and 2018 hitting 150% of target”.

The aim of the game is to stay front and foremost in the interviewer’s mind. Remember you are trying to stand out as the best person for the job against other candidates and the distractions of the interviewer’s normal day job pressures.

I hope you find this top job interview tips useful, there are lots more resources available on this topic, Forbes offers up some unconventional job interview tips here.

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