You’ve sent in a stellar CV and secured an interview - congratulations! Exciting as this may be, the hardest is yet to come. We’ve compiled a handful of tips that will make you stand out from the other candidates, avoid classic interview mistakes, and secure that position.
1) Make a good first impression
First impressions might not be everything, but in an interview context, they can make the difference between staying in the running or being disqualified from the get-go. A few simple things can ensure that you don’t stand out in the wrong way:
While there may be curveballs during the interview itself, the first impression is usually under your control, and it’s easy to avoid classic pitfalls during this time.
2) Practice answering the kinds of questions they may ask
Take some time before the interview to formulate responses to the kinds of questions they may ask. Some typical interview questions might be:
Practice your responses with a friend before the interview if you’re worried about getting tongue-tied.
3) Be curious and informed
While your first impression and your responses to questions are important, the questions you ask and your knowledge and understanding of the business you’re hoping to work for will really help you stand out from the crowd.
Research the business, its values, and its projects, so that you can work your knowledge into your responses, and ask well-informed questions yourself.
Keeping your phone switched off and in your bag and pocket (not on the table) will also show that you're curious and giving your full attention to the job recruiter.