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08/07/2013 at 11:29
As the title ladies I have an interview tomorrow (My last interview was a year ago) and before that I don't have much experience
so please share your top interview tips
08/07/2013 at 11:49
Chat pleasantly to whoever brings you up in the lift or up the stairs before and after the interview. My old place used to ask the accompanier what they thought of the interviewee. If the interviewee didn't come across as friendly then they were immediately omitted from the short list, regardless of how well they had interviewed.
08/07/2013 at 12:02
We used to do that too Figaro - never be rude or unfrindly to anyone in the building you don't know who they are.
Good firm handshake, and stand up when they enter / leave room.
Do your research on the company
08/07/2013 at 13:05
Definitely do your research on the company. Have some good questions to ask about the role and about the company ready to ask at the end. (But not too many, we interviewed recently for a very junior role and one candidate had a long long list of questions to ask us and we started to feel that we were being grilled!).
Remember to have lots of answers prepared for the obvious questions - what have your successes been, what hasn't gone well, why do you want the job, what makes you think you're the right candidate, etc, etc.
And don't do what one candidate did which was speak to the hiring manager in a very sharp tone of voice during the interview. We could have stopped the interview right there and then!
08/07/2013 at 14:05
Also research any competition. Obviously depends what sort of role you're going for but certainly if it's sales.
I actually enjoy interviews. I always approach it as an opportunity to meet new people.
Make sure you have an answer to the 'what is your weakness' question. I always turn or round to something that could be positive! Like being too focused on details, too determined. Something like that.
Also wear something you feel amazing in. For me that's usually something comfortable bit with killer heels
08/07/2013 at 14:12
Ask for the job.
I know I know it's seems cringeworthy but it will set you apart because I bet no one else does.
I used to say to candidates to say 'I really want this job/position, is there anything else you need to know about me?'
08/07/2013 at 14:15
Oh I used that line when I interviewed here!
08/07/2013 at 20:47
fab tips thanks ladies, I am so nervous the whole job is a bit of a long shot I was surprised to get the interview so now want to do the best I can.
08/07/2013 at 21:01
Use the STAR technique to answer questions:
Helps you set out exactly what you want to say clearly. Good article here: careers.guardian.co.uk/.../star-technique-competency-based-interview
Remember to say how you made a demonstrable difference.
WEES about being nice to everyone, try to smile and relax.
Good luck! x
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