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5 tips for interview success

Posted by: Josie Glorioso


We were recently asked to contribute to an article in leading careers portal GM&T, on proven interview tips.

However, having put our minds to it, we decided we had many more tips that we wanted to share!

So, continue reading to discover our 5 tips for interview success.
Dressing for success
Dressing for success 

It’s the night before the interview. Planning ahead you opt for a plain dark shirt which seems fitting for the formal occasion, right? Research has shown however, we often gloss over the idea of colour being important when making a first impression. Colour in fact, has the power to translate aspects of our personality subconsciously to the interviewer. For example, black is commonly associated with leadership and authority, grey to represent analytical and rational traits and colours such as red, orange and purple to spark and demonstrate creativity. Choose carefully the best way in which to convey yourself, whether this may be pairing a colourful tie or blouse with a crisp black jacket or selecting a historically lucky piece of clothing. Either way, you want to prompt a good impact from the colours you wear and the confidence you exude walking into the interview. 
Less is sometimes more
Less is sometimes more

Although an interview may seem like the one and only chance to showcase the array of skills you have and translate all your hard work and experience across in one meeting, this may not always be the case. You may coincidentally find yourself in a scenario of talking too much, teetering off topic or focusing solely on one question for over 30 minutes, and time can fly by. Understandably you may be keen to let the interviewer know why you are suited for the role, through transferrable skills, previous experience and qualifications you have attained over the years, but stay concise and to the point. 

Not only will this let the interviewer know you have grasped the talent of being selective, but it brings an element of poise and maturity when feeding back answers. Employers will gravitate towards positive energy, therefore blunt answers are not the way forward, simply keeping sentences concise and to the point while maintaining your personality and a smile should work in your favour. 
Work out!
Work out! 

Granted, interview preparation can be tough and a lot of work, so scientists have uncovered ways in which we can relieve stress and pre-interview nerves. Aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease tension and improve self-esteem. This is attributed to the endorphins that are released when you exercise, which trigger positive and upbeat feelings. Arduous gym sessions are not for everyone however, and not always necessary before an interview either, even a brisk walk before the meeting will have a noticeable impact, leaving you feeling energised, confident and prepared when walking in to the room. 
It's in the body language
It’s in the body language

What we say and do is important, but unbeknown to many of us, up to 80% of what we communicate is based on visuals. Stance, attitude and eye contact are crucial in an interview setting. Throughout the interview the employer needs to feel your engagement, which is key. Posture is crucial, keep your back straight and shoulders in line to convey a calm, but positive demeanour, hunching can portray an anxious and uneasy applicant. Using your hands is also a beneficial, friendly way to demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in a subject matter or topic you are discussing.

Similarly, simple as it may seem, eye contact is pivotal in communicating with your audience, whether it be one interviewer or members of a panel knowing you are fully participating in the conversation. Wandering eyes can often create distance in a conversation, however too much eye contact can appear very direct, there is a fine balance! Once you have tackled this art, you will be a body language pro, and any lingering nerves will soon disappear. 
Follow up and find out more
Follow up and find out more

Following up with the employer or your recruitment consultant is always a good idea. Not only are you reiterating that you are interested in the position but it is also a chance to highlight anything you forgot to add in the meeting such as other skills or experience (this is particularly good after an initial phone interview). You can also seize the opportunity to subtly remind the employer why you truly are right for the role and that you are looking forward to hearing back in terms of any feedback or queries they have. 

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Recent Comments
Very insightful, thanks for sharing. Sincerely Jim
James D Farley, 31 January 2018
Looking for a technical position with over ten years of experience in Gulf region.
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