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4 ways to master an interview

Posted on 19 March 2024

Embarking on a job interview can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. It's a crucial moment where your skills, personality, and fit within a company's culture are assessed. However, success lies not just in answering questions but also in asking the right ones, avoiding pitfalls, and presenting yourself authentically.

1. What should candidates ask during an interview?

  • Uncover the day-to-day responsibilities, expectations, and challenges of the position.

  • Inquire about the interviewer's perspective on success in the role.

  • Ask about the company culture, and what makes someone successful within the organisation.

2. What are the things to avoid in an interview?

  • Avoid discussing salary in the first interview to demonstrate a genuine interest in the role.

  • Save questions about work-from-home policies and flexibility for later stages or the second interview.

3. Any other tips that you would give to candidates going into an interview?

  • Keep calm and focus on evaluating if the position aligns with your goals and values.

  • Take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions, particularly at the end of the interview. Inquire about the interviewer's personal experience with the company.

  • Conclude the interview positively by expressing gratitude and asking about the next steps in the process.

4. What are some things that a candidate would need to prepare before an interview?

  • Research the company's background, goals, and achievements. Understand the company culture.

  • If possible, research the interviewer on LinkedIn to establish common ground.

  • Familiarise yourself with the interview location and plan your trip in advance to ensure punctuality.

  • Leverage the insights provided by recruiters regarding the company and client expectations.

  • If the interview involves an exam, come prepared with the necessary tools, such as a calculator.

Mastering the interview process requires a combination of thoughtful questioning, strategic timing, and thorough preparation. By following these tips, candidates can navigate interviews with confidence and leave a lasting impression on potential employers.

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