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Candidate Interview Tips

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5 months ago

by Aurora

You've done the hard part of revamping your CV, applying for numerous relevant opportunities either through LinkedIn, other online portals or through specialist recruiters and now you've got to the part where you are about to engage in an interview with a hiring manager (this is most likely a virtual interview during the Covid-29 pandemic)

Now to make sure you stand out from your competition and blow away the hiring manager.

Preparation

Being prepared and doing your research before an interview is one of, if not the most important factor to impressing your interviewer.

Key Tips to Follow

  • Research the company into as much detail as you can find online or by asking friends or industry contacts.

  • Research your interviewer or hiring manager; LinkedIn is a great way to check on the professional background of the person you're speaking with.

  • Research the position you are interviewed for. Make sure you're familiar with the job description of the role.

  • Start preparing real examples of your previous successes and achievements, and relate them to position your being interviewed for.

  • Be prepared for curve ball questions; sometimes interviewers like to see how you can react and think on the spot to difficult questions.

  • Be confident; confidence is infectious - if you are confident in your ability to do the job, then the interviewer will believe it as well.

  • Be calm, polite and engaging. Always stay calm during an interview process, even if you feel you've made a mistake. You will get a chance to go back and rectify it by being polite and engaging.

  • Prepare good questions to ask at the end of the interview. This shows you've really taken the time to research the job and position.

  • If it's possible, send a direct email after the interview has concluded, thanking the interviewer for they're time. A personal touch is always a positive touch.


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