Ways to Impress at Interview

These helpful hints will help you to leave a lasting and positive impression on the employer.

Do your research - "Failing to plan, is planning to fail!"

Ensure you prepare everything you need the evening prior to attending the interview. Research and map out your journey allowing additional time for any unexpected delays.

The interviewer will most certainly ask a specific set of questions so ensure you have completed your homework. For example, research the latest developments within the industry, ensure your have reviewed the company website and that you are knowledgeable about the company’s products, services and any awards they have won.

Look the part - "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression..."

First impressions do count so ensure your shoes are polished, your clothes are laundered, ironed and fit correctly and your accessories are subtle.

Practice your answers and give simple responses

Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will arise so ensure you are prepared with appropriate answers. Where possible, provide examples from your own experience and demonstrate your personal achievements. If you require additional help, refer to the Future Prospects 'Check-list of possible interview questions’ online resource page.

Stay calm, show confidence and remember to smile!

The more prepared you are, the calmer and more confident you will feel.

Try to speak clearly and engage with all interviewers in the room. It is important to remain positive, demonstrate a sense of humour and smile.

Remember that the interview is a two way process, it is for both parties to assess if the role, the company and individual are right for one another.

Demonstrate your strengths

Try to provide examples that show that you:

  • Have initiative
  • Work well under pressure
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Meet deadlines
  • Always finish the job

Prepare some questions

You should always prepare a small list of questions to ask the interviewer as this will demonstrate your interest in the company and the position. If you require additional help, refer to the Future Prospect 'Questions to ask the interviewer' online resource page.

Wishing you all the best!