You have secured an interview but this does not mean you automatically get the job. Preparing well for an interview is essential and www.staremploymentservices.co.uk has some key advice on how to do so:
People build their impression of you within the first 15 seconds. A smile, confident handshake and good eye contact all go a long way.
Use examples to prove you are capable of doing the job and that your skills will contribute to the success of the business.
Use the STAR (Situation Task Action Result) technique when answering questions as it will help you structure your answer and include the things that the interviewers are looking for.
People buy people
Build a strong rapport with your potential employer because whether it is a conscious element or not, liking you will form part of their decision making process.
Listen, listen, listen
Employers do not like to be interrupted or have to repeat themselves. In addition, misdirected answers will not sell yourself in the best way.
Taking notes is a great way to help your brain process the information and remember any relevant questions to ask at the end.
Your interviewer will probably answer over 90% of the questions you have but make sure you cover 100% of what is important to you.
Remember, you may be working there one day so make sure you have all the information you need to empower you to make a decision.
In addition, asking questions demonstrates your interest in the company and employers will look for this.
Close the interview in the same way a sales person might try and close a sale. After all, you are selling yourself.
Ask questions like:
If you ask these questions then you are demonstrating your interest in the role which employers will like. In addition, this gives the employer a chance to raise any concerns they might have about you and, in turn, gives you a chance to respond.
Leave your interviewer with a list of 'ticks' and 'crosses' about you rather than question marks.
Finally, remember to end the interview on a positive note by thanking the interviewer for their time and reiterating your interest in the role.