The Best Interview Practices To Land Your Dream Job


The most important part of a company’s hiring process is the face to face interview. Once the company has shortlisted your application, it’s time to meet face to face and get a chance to work out whether you’re a good fit. An interview is an excellent opportunity to sell your personality and skills to the company and show them why you’re the best candidate for the job. 

Here are some essential tips to make sure you perform when it matters most:

  • Preparation – Make it a priority to research the company and the role you are interviewing for. Not only will it give you the confidence to talk about the company with the current managers, but it will show your preparedness, organisation and eagerness for the role. 

  • Questions – It shouldn’t be too tricky finding some inside information online from people who have interviewed for similar roles. Doing this will give you a reference point to base your answers and gives you the chance to work out solutions to tough questions. Don’t try to memorise the answers; instead, use them as a base to mould your answer around. 

  • Dress appropriately – When you arrive for your interview, first impressions will count. Make sure you are well presented and start the meeting correctly. Shake hands with the employer and introduce yourself, you will come across as confident, prepared, and it should also ease any nerves getting off on the right foot. 

  • Punctuality is important – Arrive at your interview in good time, usually around 15 minutes early, showing your potential employer that you have excellent time management. Some employers won’t interview people that arrive late, so don’t lose the opportunity because you didn’t leave the house early enough! 

  • Be natural – You need to be genuine and natural during your interview, as people can easily see through a false personality. Give a realistic view of yourself, and it will be a lot more appealing than putting on a show for the interviewers. 

  • After the interview – When the meeting ends, always ask some questions to the interviewer, further illustrating your interest and preparation for the role. Always thank the interviewers for their time and leave with a firm handshake. 

Things to avoid during an interview: 

  • Avoid talking too much, especially when you find yourself labouring over the same points. Answer the questions thoroughly but know when to stop. 

  • Don’t speak ill of past employers, no matter how justified you think you are in doing so, it won’t benefit you, and the interviewer may view it as a lack of respect or loyalty. 
  • Don’t be lethargic or unwilling to elaborate. Avoid slouching and giving short answers; this is your opportunity to show how good of an asset you can be to a company. 

These tips should put you in good stead to land that dream job. Haven’t found that role yet?

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