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Interview Techniques

So you have tweaked and tailored your CV and your consultant has managed to get you the interview with a great local company for the job of your dreams. So far so good, however once you are at interview stage it is all down to you, we can't be there with you at the interview or take it for you!

Here are some interview tips and techniques to make sure that all that hard work doesn't go to waste.

1. Research as much as you can about the company - products, services, markets, competitors, trends, current activities, priorities

2. Prepare your answers for the type of questions you'll be asked, especially, be able to say why you want the job, what your strengths are, how you'd do the job, what your best achievements are.

3. Prepare good questions to ask at the interview. Don’t make these about salary, holiday, or sickness absence! It is always good to ask about subjects like ongoing training and development, what they are looking for in a candidate, what they personally enjoy most about working for the company. Make sure it seems like you have thought about the questions and the role.

4. Related to the above, request a copy of the company's employment terms and conditions or employee handbook before the interview, in order to save time covering routine matters during the interview.

5. Make sure your CV is up to date, looking very good and, even if already supplied to the interviewer, make sure to take three copies with you (one for the interviewer, one for you and a spare in case the interviewer brings a colleague in to the meeting).

6. Review your personal goals and be able to speak openly and honestly about them and how you plan to achieve them.

7. Adopt an enthusiastic, alert, positive mind-set.

8. Particularly think about how to deal positively with any negative aspects - especially from the perspective of telling the truth, instead of evading or distorting facts, which rarely succeeds.

9. Think about what to wear. If in doubt always err on the more formal side, however if you are going for a factory position for example, then a suit might seem out of place and give the impression you haven’t fully considered the position. Don’t be afraid to contact your recruitment consultant or the company themselves to find out about their general dress code.

10. Make sure you maintain good body language and eye contact throughout the interview, if it is a panel interview make sure you give equal attention to all those on the panel, don’t just focus on one because they seem the most friendly!

11. If you are still interested in the position at the end of the interview, don’t be afraid to tell the interviewer. All employers want people who are enthusiastic about working for them, so always thank them for the opportunity and tell them that you are keen to know what the next stage is.

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