5 Tips for Making a Lasting Impression during a Job Interview

You've applied for your dream job and made it through to the interview stage - congratulations! But the hard work isn't over as now you have to prep for a face-to-face meeting with your potential new boss, who is also meeting with other candidates just like you.

How do you make sure you stand out?

Here's our 'Black Fox' tips for being an unforgettable job candidate and nailing that interview.

(1) Do Your Homework
It may sound simple but we see far too many worthy candidates fall at the first hurdle because they didn’t research properly beforehand. With the Internet and social media at everyone's fingertips there really is no excuse for not being up to speed on both the company you want to work for, and the person who is going to be interviewing you. If you're stuck at where to start, check Google, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for information. Top Tip: Stay up-to-date on industry news pre-interview to ensure you know what's going on if you’re asked about current events.

(2) Be Aware of Body Language
We all have little nervous quirks we can't explain, but sometimes those can be interpreted negatively in a job interview. Be aware of yourself when sitting down opposite a potential employer and of the movements you are making. Incessant blinking, fidgeting, toe-topping and erratic hand gestures can all be interpreted badly and make a below-average first impression. Instead concentrate on firm handshakes, making eye contact and keeping your hands to yourself.

(3) Highlight Results
Many jobseekers tend to use their CV as a list of jobs they have held in the past followed by a summary of responsibilities. It's the clearest and most concise way to explain your experience to date. As "stage two" of the recruitment process, your interview is a chance to build on these positions and describe projects you saw through to completion whilst highlighting positive results. At the end of the day, employers are looking for recruits they can trust to finish a job and finish it well. By highlighting your experience in doing just that, you definitely won't be forgotten. And it won't do any harm to take along some examples of your work – you'll always feel more relaxed talking about something you've worked on personally.

(4) Ask about the Company Culture
Don't be afraid to ask what the company is like before you have been offered a position there. Interviewers will appreciate the interest and most likely give you a candid and honest answer. Many jobseekers shy away from asking about company culture for fear of sounding too eager, however it usually shows an active interest in the company prior to being employed.

(5) Follow up with a Thank You
Your interview doesn't finish once you've left the interview room – candidates should always follow up with a sincere thank you message post-meeting. Our advice is to wait an hour and then send a short email thanking the interviewers for their time. That act of politeness may be the difference that gets you a job over another candidate! If you need any additional interview tips, then please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on 028 9099 4111. Plus don't forget that we're on Twitter at @SolutionsFox and Facebook.com/BlackFoxSolutions1. Give us a 'Like' for industry news, jobseekers advice and much more!

Posted: 15/8/16

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