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In the current market where many individuals have similar experience, employers are putting more emphasis on personality when interviewing potential employees. Below are tips to make you stand out from the crowd:
• Be fully prepared before interview – Ensure you know your interview location, information on the company, and names and backgrounds of who you will be meeting, which can be done through their website and career websites. Thoroughly read the job description and your resumé to prepare examples of where you meet the requirements.
• Create the right first impression – Turn up 10 minutes early and dress professionally. It is better to be overdressed as opposed to being underdressed. First impressions are everything, so be sure to look approachable by smiling, making eye contact and being friendly. Treat the interview as a coffee meeting to be relaxed and confident, whilst having an open conversation to build chemistry.
• Give positive responses – Do not panic if you do not know the answer. Employers value candidates who are honest and not afraid to admit that they do not know the answer. Give examples of your skills and experiences to show where you meet the requirements and talk about when you have worked well as part of a team. Highlight your knowledge of the company to the interviewer as well as ask questions to show how motivated and hungry you are for the role.
• Do not forget to follow up – After attending an interview, it is always professional to follow up with a short thank-you email to the interviewer/s. This demonstrates your enthusiasm for the job and is a polite gesture which they will appreciate.
• Practice general answers and dress up to look your part
• Prepare questions to demonstrate interest in the position
• See company updates and research the latest in the industry
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Source: Nicholas Ford, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Financial Services Recruitment Consultant, Cobalt Recruitment