Any interview is a crucial opportunity to make a positive impression on your next potential employer. While your qualifications and experience will undoubtedly play a significant role in your success, here are the top 5 ways we suggest you can impress and maximise your impact during an interview:
1 – Preparation: Thorough preparation is essential to impress during an interview. Research the company, what is it they do, the role you’re applying for, and the industry/market that they operate in. Who is it you are meeting and look at their background on LinkedIn/the website and make sure you have at least 2 good questions to ask them when you get the chance.
2 – Professionalism: Dress appropriately, always arrive on time, and maintain a professional and friendly demeanour throughout the interview. Be respectful and courteous to everyone you meet, from the receptionist to all other staff members that you have contact with.
3 – Positive attitude: A positive attitude will always go a long way in any interview scenario. Show enthusiasm for the role, the company, and the industry and make sure that you assure the interviewers that you want this role and not just any role. Smile, maintain eye contact, and be engaged in the conversation at all times. Always avoid any negativity around previous employers or past roles or reasons for leaving as this rarely leaves a good impression.
4 – Communication skills: Effective communication skills are critical to impressing during any interview. Speak clearly, listen carefully, and respond thoughtfully and always in a way relevant to the question or topic at the time. Avoid any bad language or colloquial terms that may not come across in the way you would want to represent yourself. Positive eye contact always is critical to building rapport and trust.
5 – Demonstrate your value: Finally, always show your potential value to the company by highlighting your relevant skills and accomplishments, always focus on what value and skills you add as an individual and the results you have personally delivered. Be specific and provide examples of how you’ve contributed to your previous roles and employer so that you can show that you’re a contributor, a problem solver, and a team player.
By following these simple tips and guidelines you will always be sure to impress during an interview which will increase your chances of landing that winning career development opportunity.
If you would like to learn more about interviews, CV writing and what exciting roles and employers are active in the market, please feel free to reach out to one of the Envisage Recruitment team to discuss.