Top Tips for Job Interviews

You may be starting out in the job market or you may have years of experience, but the fact is most of us are daunted by the idea of a job interview. How can we take some of the fear out of it and show ourselves off at our best?

Morley tutor Andy Greenhalgh offers some dos and don’ts for job interview success ahead of his one day course on Interview Skills.

  1. Do your homework. You should research the company you are applying to, but should examine their market area too. Who are their commercial rivals?
     
  2. Don’t lose the job in the waiting room. Everyone else seems cleverer, better-dressed and more confident than you. Guess what? They are all thinking the same thing.
     
  3. Don’t let your nerves get the better of you. You are bound to be nervous but you do not have to be a gibbering wreck. Breathing, relaxation and visualisation exercises can help with this.
  4. Do try to make a good first impression. It is simply untrue to say that you get the
    job in the first 60 seconds but those first moments are important. Positive eye-contact and a firm handshake will get you off to the right start.
  5. Do smile. Nerves can make us seem too solemn.
  6. Do think in advance about the kind of questions you are likely to be asked. (But be prepared for the unpredictable as well)
  7. Don’t be afraid to consider your responses. You do not need to rattle through it.
  8. Do be yourself. That is who they are hiring.

Morley College’s course for Interview Skills will help prepare you for any interview. These classes include strategies towards gaining confidence, presenting yourself professionally and overcoming nerves.

You may be starting out in the job market or you may have years of experience, but the fact is most of us are daunted by the idea of a job interview. Morley tutor Andy Greenhalgh offers some dos and don’ts for interview success…


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