Do your research
- Go through the company's website in detail. Give extra focus on the 'about' and news' pages.
- However, don't stop there. Search online and gather as much information as you can.
- Then it's time to utilize LinkedIn. Find the person you are interviewing with and use that information to build rapport at the interview.
- Use your consultant! They should be able to provide you with lots of information about the position, the business and what the client will be looking for at the interview.
- Dress for success (and to impress)
- Arrive a bit early. 5 minutes will do. By the time you tell reception who you are there to see and them picking you up, it will be the right time.
- Greet your interviewer with a big smile
- Don't forget eye contact. It's crucial throughout the process.
- Make some small talk on your way to their office or meeting room. Show your personality. They won't hire a robot that can do the job.
- Give specific examples of how you have successfully demonstrated particular skills they are looking for.
- Turn any weaknesses into positives. The best way to do that is admitting to having one but stating what actions have you take to address it.
- Ask lots of questions. Never say you don't have any when the time comes. However, be careful not to ask something if it has already been covered during the interview.
- Having said that never ask about holidays or salary in a first interview.
- Do ask what the next step is and when you can expect to hear back from them.
- Don't forget to mention that you are interested in the role and give them a big smile when you leave.