Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to land a dream job? Well, you’re not alone, which is why we called up our resident careers expert, Laura Bridger to give us the low down on how to get that all-important interview in the bag.

1. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
It’s one thing to consider what outfit and shade of lippy you should wear, but always making time to prepare yourself for the interview is key. Research the company and your perspective role – interviewers want to see how seriously you are taking the process and how much you know about their brand. Use the company’s website as a tool for information and find out as much as you can about their recent successes, goals, values and mission.

Preparing your own questions is the one thing that most forget.  There’s nothing more frustrating for an interviewer than a candidate who doesn’t have any questions to ask! Think about the role and its place within the company. How does it contribute to the organisation? What impact could it have in helping the company achieve their mission, and what traits do you possess that fit in with their values?

Top Tip: Try to avoid questions regarding annual leave and pay (although these are important). This is your time to demonstrate your interest in the role – there’s plenty of time for the small print later.

2. Plan, plan, plan
Most interviewers will be assessing your competency for the role by asking you to demonstrate your experience and suitability for the job. Having examples ready will make you look organised and prepared; think of time you’ve worked in a team successfully, your biggest achievement and your strengths and weaknesses.

Don’t be afraid to take a moment to compose yourself while you think of your answer. Politley asking for a moment to think is much better than fumbling your way through an answer.

3. Don’t rush
Make time to ensure you look and feel your best. Have an early night the day before, prepare your outfit in advance and have all your questions, notepad and pen ready in a handy folder to save you time on the day. Look up the location and transport links in advance to save any surprises on the day and make sure you plan some comfortable footwear if you have to walk to their building.

4.  Dress to impress
Whilst your outfit may not win you that job, your appearance will go a long way towards making you look great and feel great. Wearing something that is smart, fits with the image and is comfortable (but no sportswear and trainers) will ensure you perform better.

5. Be yourself
Be friendly and show the interviewer your personality, while always remaining professional. Professionalism doesn’t just come across in the way you look and dress, but also comes across in your actions and the things you say so be aware of your body language, and what you’re saying.

6. And lastly…have confidence in yourself
You can sell yourself better than anybody else, so go get ‘em!

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