Interviews can be nerve wracking and tedious, but they can also offer huge opportunity to get to know yourself a little bit better, as well as the positions you're applying for.
With this in mind, why not see for yourself some brilliant tips on how to ace your future interviews with advice from some of our Expert Recruitment team.
Hold Eye Contact
This may seem like an obvious part of conversational etiquette, but nerves can sometimes skew how people perceive us socially, so it's important to try to maintain eye contact when delivering your answers or points across so that you appear sharp and honest.
Develop a Compelling Story
Show some humanity in your interview - it's a great ice breaker and can lead to finding common ground with your potential future employer! Segue your questions into something interesting. For example, "It was actually going to a building site with my dad as a youngster that got me interested in the mechanic side of things. He used to teach me how to use the tools, drink cups of tea with his colleagues, it shaped me into who I am and what I want to do today." Follow your memorable and relatable statement up by discussing the skills or the life lessons you learned from these memories.
Do Your Research
When preparing for your interview, it can feel pressurising to find out everything about the company. You only need to research 4 main points which are, Role, Company, the Employer and your Interview Panel i.e, who else will be interviewing you. Once you have these details, you can prepare for the scenario more specifically, and ensure that you impress them with your organisation and extensive knowledge.
Use the STAR Method
Thinking of the word 'star' and memorising the anagram behind it will help you to hit the main points that you'll need.
S for situation - the situation you had to deal with.
T for task - the task you were given to do.
A for action - the action you took.
R for result - what happened as a result of your action and what you learned from the experience.
Use the star method when talking about previous voluntary experience and in Application Forms.
Take Notes (Literally)
Appear eager to learn and come readily prepared with these items:
Your CV and interview invitation
Your academic certificates and work examples if requested
Breath mints or gum
A pen and notebook
Always Ask Questions
Even if you think it isn't relevant - being conversational and asking questions will help you to appear more interested and engaged in the interview you're hoping to succeed in.
If you're in the job-seeking stage, why not check out how to curate the perfect Cover Letter?