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5 Steps to Job Interview Success

28/10/2009

Do you have a job interview lined up and want to make a good impression?

Well, in today’s competitive market a good impression might not be enough to get you the job you want. With thousands of people with an array of brilliant qualifications and experience applying for the same position as you,  you  better make sure you stand out from the rest!

But how?

Here’s 5 steps that when you follow them will put you on the right path:

Step 1 – Do your research

Research the company. What they do, how they do it, their mission statement, key people… learn as much as you can about what is most important to the company you are applying to.

This may require you to search the internet, write to them in advance, make some calls, and if you are feeling bold, visit the premises before your interview. Some career experts might advise against this, but I believe today’s climate requires a bit of experimenting and risk taking. After all, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

If you are applying for a position you have no experience on, it may be a good idea to speak to someone who is already doing that job, or has done it before. Spend some time with that person, and ask some good questions!

Step 2 – Rehearse your interview

I am always stunned when I speak to clients who have a job interview coming up and they tell me they haven’t prepared for it.

Imagine being an actor and showing up at your premiere of a classic musical without having rehearsed it at all. No matter how good you think you are, what do you think would happen?

Certain questions are to be expected at your interview. For example, the infamous “where do you think you’ll be in 5 years time?” Prepare  your answers to these questions and be creative.

Step 3 – Be in top form on the day

You may be thinking this is easier said than done, especially if your upcoming interview is your fiftieth so far.

Well, this may be your fiftieth lucky interview! The better form you are in and the more confident you are, the luckier you will get on the day.

Make sure you sleep well the night before, and eat healthily. Avoid simple carbohydrates, sugar and caffeine as they play havoc with your energy levels and your mental clarity.

You can learn to instantly put yourself in the most useful state of mind for your interview by learning some extremely effective NLP techniques.

Step 4 – Dress to impress

Whether you have a phone interview, a teleconference style interview, or a face to face one, dress professionally and appropriately for the type of job you are applying for.

If you are not sure about what to wear, you can now get plenty of styling advice online!

Also, make sure you feel good with yourself and with what you are wearing on the day. If you feel uncomfortable, the interviewer may notice and this may cause them to be uncomfortable with you.

Step 5 – Ask questions

A lot of companies are looking for more than just someone who can do the job. They are looking for proactive people with a personality.

Show the type of person you are and how interested you are in the job by asking questions. At the same time, be respectful and use appropriate language too.

Think about what you would be looking for if this was your company and you were the interviewer. By imagining what you would expect, you can put yourself in a more resourceful mindset.

Remember to enjoy the interview as much as you can. If after a week or so you haven’t heard from your interviewer,  you may want to contact them and get feedback on your interview. This is a way of reminding them of you, and also a way of finding out valuable information for future reference.

And with the Delite Coaching Programme,  you can discover the secrets to effective communication and body language that can get you the job you want fast.

Always, expect the best!

Anna

5 Steps to job interview success

Stand out from the rest!