5 top tips to help you nail your next job interview

27th April 2016

Being asked to attend a job interview means you are one step closer to landing that all important job. It’s an opportunity to sell yourself and convince the interviewers that YOU are the right person for the role.

Crossing the final hurdle is not always easy though. Here, the Kaizen Directors share their top interview tips to help you do your best and stand out from the crowd.

1. Scrub up well

Always dress smartly for an interview, even if office attire is casual. Make sure you also feel comfortable in your outfit choice – now’s not the time to wear heels if you can’t walk them in. Speaking of shoes, keep them clean and polished. The same goes for your nails – no varnish is better than chipped varnish. As for fragrance and make up, don’t go overboard.

2. Do your homework and revision

Spend time swotting up on the company, role and management team. Look at the company’s website to read about its history, services and vision; review employees (including the person interviewing you) on LinkedIn; identify competitors and the company’s USPs; use Google News to research any recent announcements. The more you know, the more you’ll impress.

3. Don’t be on time – be early

Even if you’ve done a trial run of your journey before the day of the interview, make sure you leave early in case of any delays. Allow yourself enough time to check in, check your appearance and gather your thoughts. To help beat any nerves or stress whilst you are waiting, use positive visualisation to develop an image of how you want to come across in the interview. You could also try the following instant relaxation technique:

  • Take a deep breath and hold it in.
  • Tense every muscle in your body for 5-10 seconds.
  • Release every muscle as you slowly exhale.

4. Close with questions

Asking questions when invited to do so is vital. Not only does it show your interest in the role and company, it will also help you determine if the job is right. It’s a great way to close the interview and leave a good impression, so make sure you’ve prepared beforehand. Here are a few of our favourites:

  • What do you consider the most important skills and experience for this position?
  • What do you like most about working here?
  • What future prospects are there?
  • What is the next step in the interview process?

5. Follow up

Even if you think the interview didn’t go well, send a follow-up email to the person who interviewed you. Make sure you do this the next day so you are still fresh in their mind. Thank them for taking the time to meet with you and let them know you’re interested in the role, but don’t gush or be pushy; keep the tone light and professional.

Check out our Career Hub for more interview prep tips from Kaizen.