PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

The Interview

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Practice like a Pro

Something worthwhile to consider when you attend an interview is how to get your point across in the best possible way. A good interview should feel like a conversation with a purpose. Poor interviews feel like an exchange of information without rapport or emotion, a bit like a transaction rather than an experience. Flowing, two-way dialogue makes the interview a pleasure for everyone. The more people enjoy the experience, the more likely it is they will want to repeat it by making a job offer.

Lots of websites offer a list of questions interviewers are likely to ask, and that is a great start. What you really need to know, are the answers interviewers are looking for! At CareerBite you get insider knowledge about what interviewers look for, and the answers to give as an applicant. Once you know what interviewers want, you can prepare many of your responses in advance. See The Interview section for all the answers you need.

Practising your answers is sensible preparation, to do your very best in the interview. The more you can describe your real-life examples in a succinct, eloquent way, the more confident you will feel and the more the interviewer will enjoy spending time with you.

Think about most professionals; they practice all the time. Practice is part of the art of getting better at anything, so make it part of your ethos. Practice makes the difference between being good and being great! It might sound a bit strange but always practice your answers out loud! You might feel ridiculous doing this; however, it makes a massive difference to the quality of your response. When you practice, consider the tone of voice and body language, so you refine the whole package before you get into the interview.

Each time you practice, try and make your answer even more focused and clear. There is nothing worse than waffling in an interview, so make sure you have your answers prepared and ready. You may be asked a question you haven’t practised, so consider how you might answer that too. It’s OK to say, "Mmmm, that’s an interesting question" before you answer, to give your brain time to consider how to respond. 

If you can, enlist help, as help can give you even more of an edge. Have someone listen to your answers and check them off against what the interviewer might be looking for. If there is something you have missed, think through your example again and see if you can add in the missing element. Remember, interviewing well is as much an art as science, so take the time to make sure you do yourself justice. Selling yourself is difficult for most of us, humility and underrating your best qualities don’t work in interviews. 

It’s time to shine, so polish your act and really wow them.

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