10 ways to win an interview

Updated: Aug 30, 2018

Reaching the interview stage of a job recruitment process shows that the company is interested in you for the position.

While this is a good position to be in, there are several other applicants who have also made it to this stage. This means that in order to set yourself apart from the others, you must ensure that your interview skills are top-notch.

Here are 10 Simple Tips to Win an Interview:

1. Small Talk - Engaging in small talk will not only break the ice, it will also show your interviewer that you can be likeable and personable with potential clients.

2. Know the Position – Make sure that you study the job description. Knowing exactly what the role entails will communicate to the interviewer that you are confident in your ability to do the job.

3. Know the Company – One way to impress your interviewer is to research the company. Read their annual report, know what the company does, its company values, what it has achieved, and what it hopes to do in the future. Showing your interviewer that you have a vested interest in the company can set you apart from other applicants.

4. What to Wear? – What to wear depends on the job you are applying for. However, overdressing is much less detrimental to an interview than under dressing. In either case, make sure that your clothes are clean, and you are presented well.

5. Ask Questions – While an interview is primarily designed for the employer to ask the applicant a range of questions, it is a good idea to have some of your own questions prepared. This will not only clear up anything you are unsure of, but it will show that you have a genuine interest in the position.

6. Stand Out – An interview is the wrong place to practice modesty. Be sure to highlight your strengths at all times – Remember, you are trying to convince the interviewer why they should hire you other the other applicants.

7. Be on Time – Prepare your trip in advance, leave early just in case you get lost, and aim to get there at least 15 minutes early. Arriving late to an interview can be detrimental to your success!

8. Don’t Rush – You can take your time when answering questions. Make sure you think about the question before you give your answer.

9. Details – Being too general about your experience will not help you stand out in an interview. Discuss specific cases where you showed your strengths, learned new skills or achieved your goals.

10. Turn off your Phone – It may sound obvious, but under no circumstances should you ever check your phone during an interview. To avoid all phone-related distraction, turn your phone off, or if you can, leave it at home or in the car.

Epiphany Training + Consulting can help you prepare for your next interview, Email us to find out how!

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