Tips and ad­vice on how to ace that in­ter­view and land your dream job

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The in­ter­view stage for a new job will make or break your ap­pli­ca­tion. Suzi Kuban, mar­ket­ing man­ager Gulf re­gion of Hays, ex­plains what the best strat­egy is when go­ing for a job in­ter­view.

How do I pre­pare for an in­ter­view?

There are some ba­sic (and ex­pected) things to do in or­der to pre­pare for an in­ter­view, such as visit the firm’s website, an­tic­i­pate ques­tions and an­swers, and learn about your in­ter­viewer on LinkedIn. How­ever, now in­for­ma­tion is so read­ily avail­able to any­one any­where, this ba­sic prepa­ra­tion will no longer make you stand out.

What should I wear?

You need to look, act and dress pro­fes­sion­ally. Ide­ally, a busi­ness suit should be worn. Clean shoes, clean fin­ger­nails and clean well-groomed hair are im­por­tant. I can’t overem­pha­sise how im­por­tant first im­pres­sions are. Re­search has shown that an in­ter­viewer has made an im­pres­sion within the first eight sec­onds of meet­ing the per­son. The re­main­der of the in­ter­view is spent con­firm­ing this opin­ion, or turn­ing this opin­ion around.

Should I turn up early to show I’m keen?

Ar­rive 10 min­utes early for your in­ter­view. Note that you be­gin to be judged as soon as you walk in the door. It’s com­mon prac­tice for the re­cep­tion­ist to re­port back to the in­ter­viewer on your gen­eral de­meanour; even slouch­ing in the wait­ing area could cost you.

How should I be­have dur­ing the in­ter­view?

Once you are in the in­ter­view room rest your arms on the arms of the chair or on your legs. Fold­ing your arms and legs can be seen as an ag­gres­sive stance. In ad­di­tion to body lan­guage re­mem­ber your in­ter­viewer’s name. Make a con­scious ef­fort to re­mem­ber the name of your in­ter­viewer, and use it quite of­ten and as you leave. It’s an old trick politi­cians use when es­tab­lish­ing rap­port with jour­nal­ists who in­ter­view them, and it’s sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive.

How should I fin­ish the in­ter­view?

Now you

have pulled off a flaw­less ver­bal (and non­ver­bal) in­ter­view sim­ply sign it off with a hand­shake and a smile.

Should I fol­low-up af­ter the in­ter­view? If you in­ter­viewed di­rectly with the or­gan­i­sa­tion fol­low up the in­ter­view with an email thank­ing the in­ter­viewer for their time and re­it­er­ate how much you en­joyed meet­ing them. Send this be­fore the in­ter­viewer has a chance to for­get you. If you in­ter­viewed through a re­cruit­ment com­pany, give im­me­di­ate feed­back to your con­sul­tant, in­clud­ing any ar­eas you felt you may have fallen down on. There is also a pos­si­bil­ity you will be of­fered the job on the spot, at the end of the in­ter­view - if you are, and are un­sure, be con­fi­dent enough to ask for time to think about it. But don’t wait too long.

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