Top 5 Interview tips for candidates

Top 5 Interview tips for candidates

With Hiring Managers seeing on average 4-5 applicants for each role, it is important that candidates show themselves in the best possible light in order to secure an offer of employment. Below are our Top 5 Interview tips for candidates:

#1 – Do your research

Research the company by visiting their website and social media pages. Make a note of the products or services the company provides, and how the company demonstrates its culture and values. Review the job description / advert prior to interview.

#2 – Prepare for the interview

You wouldn’t turn up to an exam and just expect to get the highest score in the room if you have not done any revision. So why would attending an interview be any different? There is a clear correlation between how prepared you are and how nervous you will be, so reduce your nerves by doing your homework! Have examples of when you have demonstrated the key skills or tasks associated with the vacancy, or the traits that the company is looking for in potential employees. Preparing a list of questions that you may want to ask will demonstrate organisation on your part and avoid an awkward silence when the interviewer asks you if you have any questions to ask.

#3 – Be confident

You should be confident (but not cocky!). Having seen your CV, the Hiring Manager has decided to take the time to speak to you further about the vacancy, so it is likely that you have many of the skills and experience required to do the job. To put it another way, you are already halfway there!

#4 – Look the part

First impressions count. While business attire might not always be appropriate depending on the culture of the company, or the role, making an effort to look well presented and smart is good practice. In addition to what you are wearing, you should also be aware of your body language. Make regular eye contact with all interviewers. Nod along to show your are listening closely to their questions. Sit up straight (this will help you to speak clearly), and don’t forget to smile. Smiling when you speak calms your mind and helps you to engage with your audience.

#5 – Leave a lasting impression

At the end of the interview, you should thank the interviewer for their time. If working with the company is an opportunity you are still interested in, make sure that you confirm this and ask what the next steps might be. If it is a close decision between you and another candidate, it might just be enough to tip the scales in your favour.

For more tips on both video and face to face interviews, as well as CV and cover letter writing visit the Candidate Support area on our website.