5 tips for a successful job interview

Naturally, you’ll want to ace the job interview for that role you really want. This can be challenging in a competitive job market, so it’s important to stand out for all the right reasons. Today, interviews take on different formats, from one-to-ones, group activities and telephone interviews, each requiring a few different skills. Take a look here for some valuable phone interview tips. In this article, Tudor Lodge Consultants discuss the best ways to excel when you have an in-person interview.

1. Know your stuff

Your knowledge during an interview is not just about what skills and experience you have for the role but knowledge of the company you could be working for too. What is the company’s story? What is their philosophy? Knowing and voicing these things during an interview will help you impress.

Also, know and remember the name of the person who is interviewing you, not doing so can reflect badly. If you haven’t, familiarise yourself with your CV and be prepared for any questions you may be asked on it, for example, details of your latest role. Do the same with the job description so you are prepared for questions you may be asked on it.

2. Prepare some questions

Asking the right questions in a job interview also strikes a chord with interviewers. It shows you are genuinely interested in the role and serious about your career. At the right time, you could pose questions such as: ‘What opportunities are there for progression?’, or ‘what training courses does the company offer?’. Specific questions about the role also reflect well on you, for instance, ‘how long has the position been open?’, and ‘are there any elements of the job that aren’t included in the job description?’.

3. Sell yourself

Contrary to how it sounds, selling yourself is not all about you. For the large part, it’s about demonstrating what you can do. Put yourselves in the eyes of the company and think about what they are trying to achieve with a new hire – what problem are they trying to solve? What kind of person do you think would fit into their team? Having an appreciation of these issues will help you steer you to more apt responses during an interview.

Selling yourself also means having a good elevator pitch: a 30 – 60 second time slot where you talk about your main achievements, experiences and skills. You will need to practice this in advance and try to include only a select amount of information most relevant to the role.

4. Be ready with examples

During the interview, you will be asked about your skills and experiences. What really adds depth to your answers is bringing in relevant examples. For instance, if you are talking about your technical skills, then explain more about a recent project where your skills were instrumental in solving a problem. Or, if you are a good communicator, talk about a time in your last role where you had to negotiate with a client to win a new account. Use examples that are appropriate for the role you are interviewing for.

5. Display positive body language

Finally, non-verbal communication is a big factor in determining a successful job interview. Although you will be focussed on what you are saying, you will also need to think about your body language. Good body language is a gateway for an immediate connection that creates positive vibes.

Firstly, adopt good eye contact and smile when you initially meet the interviewer and throughout the interview. This portrays confidence and trustworthiness, as does an assured yet friendly handshake. Remember not to slouch or slump as you are talking as this can look as if you’re not taking things seriously or are uncomfortable. Overall, you want to make the interviewer aware that you are positive, engaged and capable without having to say it.