Make sure you establish in the interviewers mind that you will be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Make sure they are clear on what distinguishes you from the hundred or so other people who have the same skills, experiences and abilities you do.
- Remember this is your chance to ensure they understand that you are the right person for the job.
- Research the company and the role
- Prepare questions and answers
- Research , rehearse, relax
- Be positive
- Develop rapport
- Send a thank you note
- Be punctual and unflustered
- Make a strong first impression – smile, firm handshake, confident body language
- Dress smartly, appropriate to the occasion and organisation, but be comfortable
- Maintain eye contact with the interviewer
- Listen carefully. Ask for clarification if unsure of the question – this is not a sign of weakness, but conveys confidence and assertiveness
- Speak slowly (but not too slowly!) and clearly
- Be interested and enthusiastic
- Answer questions fully, illustrating them with real examples and explaining your personal contribution -talk about what ‘I’ did, not what ‘we’ did.
- Be specific and succinct – don’t waffle.
- Watch the interviewer’s body language to gauge whether you are talking too much
- Maintain a positive attitude – even when describing difficulties you have encountered. Explain what you have learned from dealing with problems
- Be yourself – the interviewer is assessing you as well as your answers
- Take a list of your own questions. Use them to show your genuine interest in the job and the research you have done into the organization
- When the interview is over, leave positively and thank the interviewer
- Criticise your previous employer or colleagues
- Lie or exaggerate
- Be uncommunicative
- Brag or boast
- Lose your temper
- Fidget or slouch , look too casual
- Interrupt. – Jot a note down if you have a question for later
Good Luck !