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Tips on how to plan your job interview

Despite livinProfessional imageg in the digital age and with the growing use of technology in everyday life some things never change.  Needless to say, the (sometimes dreaded) personal interview still remains a key step in any job process. Social networks are a key factor to get our foot through the door but the personal impression one can create is a still “make or break” factor when deciding whether to hire a prospective candidate or not.  Hence, please find some tips we would like to share with you for a successful job interview.

In order to ultimately reach our goal (i.e. land the job) it is important to remember how we got to this stage.  Always keep track of what communication channels you used to contact the company and how your job application was submitted.  Needless to say if social networking was involved always take care of your digital print and what remains published or is visible in your profile of any professional or personal social networks.

Do your research on the company.  Find out as much as you can about the company´s financial background, culture, products and the department you might be joining.  Use this information to your advantage to explain how you would fit in if you were to be hired.  Avoid superficial and generic terms, once you are selected for a job interview it is the individual personality of each candidate that can make them stand out.  Therefore it is wise at this stage to personalise your CV as much as you can to highlight the synergies you may bring in.

Interviews and job selection processes may vary significantly from each other.   Even though in the UK, job selection processes are closely monitored and standardised in order to guarantee equal opportunities at the end of the day, a lot comes down to the nature of the job itself or the company´s culture.  Here´s a list of 15 tips that can be useful in any job selection process:

1. Be on time
2. Dress accordingly to who you are and to the job you are aiming for
3. Always keep with yourself updated copies of your CV.
4. Be polite – Greet the interviewer with a firm and confident handshake making eye contact.  At the end, no matter how it´s gone, remember to thank them for their time.
5. Switch off your phone and if you are offered a drink avoid anything alcoholic.
6. When expressing yourself, be concise and to the point.  Avoid unfinished sentences or prolonged silences.
7. Be respectful when describing your former (or present) company and colleagues.
8. Show a positive attitude.  Turn your weak points around to show how you work on improving them.  Make sure the interviewer is aware you are motivated to join their company but do not appear desperate or anxious about knowing their feedback.
9. Be aware of your body language.  Try and be calm and sit upright.  Avoid sitting on the edge of your seat which might be seen as insecurity or too laid back which might be seen as a disrespectful.  Do not place your elbows on the table or cross your arms and avoid any annoying obvious habits such as biting your nails or fiddling with your pen.
10. Define yourself with five adjectives.  It doesn’t have to be necessarily work related or in any particular order, but be honest and factual whilst doing so.
11. Be proactive.  Ask about the internal company´s policy regarding promotions; at this point, ask a bit more about the position or the organisation.
12. Do not sell yourself short but don’t go over the top either.  When asked about your salary expectations find out the average salary range for your experience, qualifications, the industry and if possible, the internal salary ranges the company has.
13. Be honest.
14. Use your common sense when answering.
15. Look ahead into the future.  Make a note of your achievements so far and envision what your career goals should be.

Remember that any job selection process does not really end after the final interview.  It is always handy to send a short thank you email to the interviewer(s) acknowledging them for their time and highlighting the positive aspects of having met them personally.  This is seen as good plus point in your favour especially if you are aspiring for a profession that involves communication and networking.  Even if you decide you do not want to go ahead and wish to pursue your career elsewhere it is polite and professional to notify this by email.  These tips will definitely help you stand out amongst the crowd.

 

 

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