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Five tips for job interview success

A big part of the university experience is job-hunting, and job interviews can be extremely nerve-racking. So allow me to pass on a few pieces of advice to help you cope with the stress and ensure success.

1.Be prepared : Brainstorm some typical questions you think the interviewers may ask, and provide examples you can use to highlight your skills and experience. In addition, show enthusiasm by making a list of questions that you wish to ask the interviewers. Your interest in and knowledge of the company will make a good impression. And don’t forget to practise your interview skills with friends and family, and have them give you feedback on your performance.

2.Dress for success : As you walk into the interview room, the first thing that the interviewers will notice is your attire. Therefore it is important you make sure you look professional. In general, a suit with a shirt and tie for men, and a blouse with dark trousers or a skirt and a jacket for women is considered the most appropriate.

3.Be on time : Aim to arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your interview is due to start. This will give you ample time to check your notes, take a few deep breaths to help you relax, and also pop to the toilet to check your appearance in the mirror. The last thing you need is a crooked tie or messy hair!

4. Talk TO the interviewer : Some people are not comfortable making eye contact, but it is essential if you want to come across as a confident individual.

5.Stay calm and carry on! : During the interview, try to remain as calm as possible. If you’re not sure what’s being asked, ask for clarification. It is perfectly acceptable to take a few moments to frame your responses. If the interview doesn’t go as smoothly as expected, just put it down to experience, move on and think about ways to improve for the next one.

Remember thorough preparation helps build confidence and relieve stress. The more you research the company, practise your interview questions, and prepare for the day of the interview, the more relaxed and confident you will feel. All the best!

 

(MG)

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