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Part 3: The Interview Itself

During an interview first impressions are everything. So to start off with it is vital that you look well presented, introduce yourself with a smile, be polite and give a confident handshake. I hope part 3 will help some of you overcome these worries if you aren’t sure on how you should come across or what employers may think of you. I have listed below a few tips that I think are great to have when being interviewed.

Eye contact

This should always be maintained with the person asking you the questions - this shows that you are listening and have an interest in what they are asking you. Locking eyes can sometimes be all you need to have someone understand what you mean. You will also always be taken more seriously if you do this.

Good posture

Having good posture is all about body language. Sitting up straight will really help you answer questions more positively and confidently. Using your hands to express your answers also shows that you are passionate about what you are talking about. It is also good to keep your palms facing up as this is a sign of openness and honesty, so keep them on your lap. Never bite your nails or touch your face as this can be a distraction to the interviewer and can make you look nervous.

Verbal communication

Three words which I think are a must when being interviewed are enthusiasm, confidence and interesting. Employers sometimes like to see your natural personality so try and show this without coming across too arrogant. JUST BE YOURSELF!


In interviews you will always get employers asking you about previous experiences and jobs. Some of the basic questions may be about: why you left your old company, what you didn’t you like about it, where you think you can improve, what the team was like... and so on. In this situation the best thing to do is to keep all your answers as positive as you can as you will make a bad impression with the employer if you start complaining about your old manager or the people you have worked with previously.

Keep your answers concise, sweet and to the point and move on quickly to link each answer to why you are here and why they should employ YOU. Everyone knows that we all leave a job for some reason – expand on this in an interview if you want to make it clear that you feel you want a new challenge or want to try something new.

Move on

If you ever answer a questions badly because you are nervous or unsure then don’t worry. Forget about it and move on to the next question and try and answer it even better. The worst thing you can do is show that you are nervous and shy - just think that everyone has to go through this at some stage and all you can do is your best. Prepare beforehand and then you can think after that whatever happens at least you have done this.

One word answers

Never give one word answers as this won’t show off your personality and can be a real bore to the employer. Always be prepared and ready - sometimes it is good to add a twist to your answers as this makes things more exciting. It is also good to ask the employer lots of questions as this shows you have a strong interest in the employer and company.

Get to know the employer

This is a really important point. I think the best way to see an interview is someone getting to know you. This will make you feel a lot more at ease and will come across as more genuine and natural. It is vital to stay professional in an interview at all times but at the same time to have a general chat, especially towards the end of the interview, for example, talking about your hobbies and what you enjoy to do outside of work. A balance between fun and serious conversation is more appealing to an employer rather than keeping it dull and boring.

Don’t bluff too much!

I am sure we are all guilty of this to get a job we really want sometimes we over exaggerate answers and experiences but that is ok as long as you know what you are talking about without being caught out along the way. If you have some experience in the job you are going for but want to expand further then you can always say something along the lines of:

'I have some experience of this at the moment but realise that this is an area I need to develop further and would love to be challenged or be given the opportunity'

You can also start to talk about the qualities you have that fit the role and why they should choose you amongst other candidates.

Lastly remember if you ever come across difficult questions in interviews it is often your approach that interests the employer; whether you give the right answer or not if they like you they will employ you. That’s why first impressions are everything! Interviews are a two way process look at it as the employer interviewing you and you interviewing the employer.

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