How to… Ace an Interview
Guest contributor, Augusta Wakeford, gives us some essential preparation tips for acing an interview, as recommended by the recruitment team at Joyce Guiness
Augusta is a Cardiff University graduate who works for a boutique recruitment agency based in London. She completed a Quest Professional course before joining Joyce Guiness at the beginning of 2017, and now writes for the company’s blog, runs their social media platforms and ensures the smooth running of the office.
It is very busy at Joyce Guiness at the moment. We have so many amazing candidates going in to interview, so we thought a blog on interview tips would be appropriate for both the seasoned interviewees and those who are slightly newer to the process.
With most things in life, a certain amount of preparation needs to take place and interviews are no different. It’s important to research the company thoroughly. This can include looking at the interviewer’s LinkedIn, finding out about what exactly the company does, what your role will entail and any other relevant information (perhaps a recent news story).
Research will help settle your nerves, by giving you confidence & knowledge, which can help you answer any difficult questions in a comprehensive way. It also gives you a chance to show your passion for the company.
When preparing make sure you think about the potential questions you could be asked during the interview. Here are a few examples:
- Why do you want this job?
- What is the reason for leaving your last job?
- What can you bring to the organisation / role?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
It’s also good to think of a few questions to ask at the end of the interview. This shows interest and means you won’t be put on the spot. These could be:
- Future plans for the company
- How performance will be assessed
- Will any training be given
The way you should dress for an interview depends on the company. If it’s a finance company it tends to be a more corporate dress code, which means going smart (suit / dress). A creative company might be more relaxed, e.g. chinos or trousers, with a shirt & jumper. If you’re unsure, check beforehand with your recruiter to see what’s appropriate and if in doubt dress smart and respectfully. First impressions are key!
First impressions are really important, so make sure that you’re punctual. Plan your route the night before and leave more than enough time to get there (we all know how busy trains and buses can get). Some people like to arrive with plenty of time to spare to go for a coffee to settle the nerves. Use this time to relax and do some last minute prep for the interview. If you prefer to arrive bang on time, make sure you arrive at least ten minutes early in order to prepare yourself properly and avoid feeling flustered.
When you enter the meeting, give a firm handshake and make eye contact with the person interviewing you. This will show confidence and positivity. It is always good to smile in the interview, it will relieve your nerves, as people respond well to a smile and it shows interest.
At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time. And if you’re keen on the company and role itself, make sure you tell them!
With any interview, it’s important to remember that as much as the company is looking to see if you are the right fit for them, you must feel it’s right for you.
Take your CV to the interview. Whether you’re interviewing through an agency, or not, take a copy of your CV in case the person interviewing you doesn’t have it.
We hope these few tips will help with your interview preparation!
Good luck! 😀
Studied Theology at Cardiff University
London based and wouldn’t have it any other way
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