Posts tagged how-to-make-an-impact-in-an-interview
PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW

Know your stuff

To do well at anything it’s important to prepare. That might sound obvious but I know lots of people who think they can just tip up to  an interview and ‘be themselves’!  At its best this is naive at its worst it is down right arrogant. Preparation is everything when it comes to performing in front of an audience even if it is an audience of one - ie the interviewer.

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HOW TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS

How to ask the right questions

One of the greatest pleasures interviewers describe, is meeting a candidate who surprises and delights them; they often say it happens all too infrequently but when it does happen, it makes their day.

Use CareerBite.com to help you be that person who surprises them, by preparing to show any interviewer the very best version of you. Find out what questions are likely to impress and excite an interviewer, so that you make a great impression and they remember you over others.

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BOOSTING YOUR ATTRACTIVENESS TO EMPLOYERS

Be the one they want

Getting to know exactly what employers are looking for can seem a bit like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, we think it is there, but it is frustratingly out of reach!

Some of that is because employers don’t always know what they are looking for until they find it, which doesn’t make it any easier for us as students when we are preparing to wow them!

One thing is for sure; we can make the very best effort to knock their socks off and make such a fantastic impression that they will remember us and want to offer us a job.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS COUNT

10 seconds to make a great first impression

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and you have just 10 seconds. Part of preparing for an interview is deciding how you will make the best possible first impression. Deciding what to wear, how you to say hello, how to greet the first person you see are all part of getting ready to shine.

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PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Practice makes perfect

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.

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BE POSITIVE - BUILD CONFIDENCE

Perfectly positive

A big part of doing well in the interview is how you sell yourself to the prospective employer; to appear confident and self assured you need to feel relaxed and happy about your ability and the value you can add to the job. Preparing mentally for the interview is as important as every other bit of preparation you might do. 

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MANAGING SILENCE

Managing Silence

When you go to an interview it’s natural to want to make a good impression and make sure you say all the right things when you are asked questions.

When we answer a question, we expect to hear the next question follow quite quickly but if the interviewer just sits and looks at us without asking another question, we usually decide to say more.

You would be amazed at just how many of us can’t stand the sound of silence!

This is when we can get into difficulty…

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