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Interview Tips for Candidates

Interview tips can help you feel a little less nervous when attending your next interview. But remember, it’s quite normal to feel a little nervous. Nerves help you to know that this is a job that you are really interested in. A job that you really want. However, it’s important not to let nerves affect your performance.

Job interviews all have a similar format, no matter what job you apply for. But they all have the same purpose. And for you, they are your chance to sell yourself to your prospective employer.

To help you feel at ease for your interview, our team have put together some useful tips to help you stand out for the right reasons.

Preparation is key

Before you go into your interview, make sure that you have done some research. A quick read of the job description probably won’t be enough. Ideally, you should put in the time and effort to read the company website, news, blogs or other online material linked to the business. You never know if a question will come up about what you know about the business. Impressing the interviewer with information that shows you’ve taken enough interest to look past the job spec is a great idea.

When you choose to work with PSi to find your next job, we can help make your preparation even easier. We can share additional details that you wouldn’t otherwise get. We can give even more interview tips too. Why not get in touch with our team today to find out more?

Interview tips for body language

Think about your body language in advance so that you can feel at ease during the interview.

Some great tips are –

  • Never fold your arms in an interview. This creates a barrier and can make you seem unfriendly
  • Do not slouch or lean back in your chair. It can give the impression that you are too laid back.
  • Sit up straight when being spoken to and lean slightly forward to show interest. Leaning in shows that you are listening intently

The killer question – why are you the best candidate for the job?

Whilst your experience may carry you through the interview stage, you still need to be prepared for this question. Don’t leave it to the interviewers to pick things out of your CV and make links to the position you are interviewing for. Showcase yourself as the best candidate. Show them that you understand what is expected the job. Give examples of when you have had to perform in a similar situation in the past. Make sure that you use the opportunity to reiterate your key skills too.

You can even take this one step further. Once you have given your answer to the question, why not ask one in return. You can ask “Do you have any concerns about me being the best candidate?”, or even, “Did my answers give you the confidence that I am the best candidate, or is there anything else you would like to know”. Asked in the right way, these questions can help give you the best chance to secure the job.

And finally – Do you have any questions for us?

This is a question that you definitely need to be prepared for. It’s the question that ends over 85% of interviews. Be ready! There are the obvious questions about how any plans for growth and when you can expect a decision. But, you may have covered these in the interview already. So, there’s a perfect question that always goes well. “What do you enjoy most about working here?” The interviewer may not expect it but is likely to enjoy sharing their story. Plus, it gives you some insight into what it’s really like to work for the company, so be sure to listen to the answer.

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