Tips for Performing Well at Interview

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So you did it, you got yourself an interview for that job, maybe you got more than one interview - what now? Preparing for an interview is really important. This is your chance to sell yourself and nail that job. Cast your eye over the tips below and kickstart your career.


Before your interview it is crucial that you research the company that you are applying to work for. It shows a level of initiative and enthusiasm if you can talk with confidence about the company. Don't just visit the website but research news stories about the company or talk to current employees. Showing that you have taken time to find out that much about the company will ensure that you stand out amongst other applicants.


Whilst you can't be sure what questions your interviewer will ask there are some common questions that are generally asked at interview. It is advisable to practise your answers to these questions so that you are confident in your response. You might want to practice them aloud in front of a mirror or with a friend or relative.

Also bear in mind that you may be asked to sit a test during interview. Lots of big companies use psychometric tests to assess an applicant's motivational fit and general suitability to the role. There are lots of sites you can visit to practice examples of these types of test.

Look the Part

Whilst in some industries and in bigger cities like London it is not always necessary to wear a shirt and tie for work you should be appropriately dressed for an interview. Make sure you wear a suit and tie or at least a shirt, tie and trousers (not jeans) and that your shoes are polished. Dress for the job you really want not necessarily the job that you are applying for. Dress for the boss's job!

Don't Let Nerves Get the Better of You

It doesn't matter how competent or experienced you are, most of us are always nervous when it comes to interviews. Make sure you get everything prepared the night before, plan your route before the interview and ensure that you use this route prior to interview. You need to ensure that you allow for traffic delays, heavy commuter traffic, a missed train or other eventuality. Don't rush through answers to questions. When nerves kick in it is easy to fall over your words and speak really fast but stay calm, breathe and make sure you have a glass of water to hand.

Ask them Questions

They will probably ask you if you have any questions at the end of the interview. This is your chance to find out answers to the questions that you have had since you applied for the job. Don't let nerves make you miss this opportunity. Write a list of questions before the interview and refer to them if you need them when asked. Avoid asking about lunch breaks, bonus structure or holiday. Use the opportunity to find out about the companies culture, expectations of the role or other questions you may have.

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