Nail that in­ter­view

Prepa­ra­tion is essential for a suc­cess­ful in­ter­view. “The more pre­pared you are, the more con­fi­dent you’ll be,” says Nic Seph­ton-poult­ney.

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Dur­ing the in­ter­view, you will be judged on your strengths and weak­nesses as well as char­ac­ter­is­tics such as at­ti­tude, ap­ti­tude, sta­bil­ity, mo­ti­va­tion and ma­tu­rity.

Fol­low these DOS and DON’TS to ace your next in­ter­view. DO ar­rive on time or a few min­utes early. Be­ing late is never ex­cus­able. DO greet the in­ter­viewer by his or her ti­tle and sur­name. If you are not sure of the pro­nun­ci­a­tion, ask them to re­peat it. DO shake hands firmly. DON’T an­swer ques­tions with a sim­ple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Ex­plain your­self when­ever pos­si­ble. De­scribe things about your­self that re­late to the po­si­tion. DO wait un­til you are of­fered a chair be­fore sit­ting down. Sit up­right and look alert and in­ter­ested at all times. DO be as charis­matic as pos­si­ble; it’s very im­por­tant that you demon­strate your in­ter­per­sonal skills dur­ing the in­ter­view. DO be an ex­cel­lent lis­tener as well as an ex­cel­lent talker. DON’T lie. An­swer ques­tions truth­fully and as close to the point as pos­si­ble.

DO look the in­ter­viewer in the eye. DO smile. DO fol­low the in­ter­viewer’s lead. DO get a full de­scrip­tion of the po­si­tion and the du­ties it en­tails at an early stage, so that you can con­vey your ap­pro­pri­ate back­ground and skills. DON’T make deroga­tory re­marks about your present or for­mer em­ploy­ers. DO make con­vey your good points in a con­cise, fac­tual and sin­cere man­ner. Re­mem­ber that only you can sell your­self and make the in­ter­viewer aware of the ben­e­fits that you can of­fer. DO con­duct your­self with an at­ti­tude of be­ing de­ter­mined to get the job un­der dis­cus­sion and never close the door on an op­por­tu­nity. Be­ing able choose from a num­ber of of­fers is bet­ter than hav­ing only one. DON’T ask about salary, holidays or bonuses at the ini­tial in­ter­view un­less you are pos­i­tive that the in­ter­viewer wants to hire you. You should, how­ever, know your mar­ket value and be pre­pared to spec­ify your re­quired salary or range.

Mi­randa priestly (Meryl Streep) in The Devil Wears Prada.

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