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Interview etiquette

Attending an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, but knowing some basic interview etiquette can help you make a good…

Attending an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, but knowing some basic interview etiquette can help you make a good impression and increase your chances of success. Whether that’s an interview for a post-graduate position, or a simple part-time job whilst studying at the university, there are some general rules to follow that will help you ace it!

1. Dress appropriately

Dress professionally and avoid wearing anything too flashy or revealing. You’re meeting the interviewer for the first time, and it is incredibly important to make a positive first impression, which will inevitably be influenced by your appearance.

Of course, the style of your clothes will depend on the type of job you’re interviewing for. A smart casual dress code is usually the best one to go for but try using your best judgement – it’s always better to be a bit overdressed because it shows you truly care about the job!

A classic smart but casual dress code.

2. Be punctual

If possible, arrive at least 15 minutes early, so you have time to compose yourself and review your notes. 

If you come too early, it might cause you a lot of additional stress. If you arrive late… well, it can cause unnecessary stress as well. However, if anything unexpected happens and you feel like you might be late, remember to contact the interviewer so they can postpone the meeting. 

3. Be polite and courteous

When meeting the interviewer for the first time, greet them with a smile and a firm handshake – this way, you will appear more confident! Also, remember to use polite language and maintain eye contact. The interviewer will be more likely to trust you and see you as a viable candidate. 

4. Listen carefully

Pay attention to the interviewers’ questions and answer them clearly and concisely. Don’t interrupt or talk over them. If any question sounds unclear, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification. Double asking can also be a great strategy for gaining additional time if you don’t know how to answer straight away!

5. Show enthusiasm

Show your interest in the position and the company by asking thoughtful questions and demonstrating your knowledge of the company. To achieve this, you will need to prepare in advance and do thorough research on the position and organisation before the interview.
Also, enthusiasm can be shown by smiling and gesticulation. This way, you will appear more trustworthy and likeable to the interviewer. Let your answers be honest and genuine!

6. Treat the interview like a two-way conversation

Remember, interviews are as much about the employer looking for a rightful candidate as they are about the candidates looking for the right job! The current job market is changing and employers start caring more about retaining talented people. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the company culture, benefits, progression opportunities and anything else you feel is important in the workplace!

7. Thank the interviewer

After the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and consideration. You can also follow up with a thank-you email afterwards. 

Remember that the very fact you were invited to an interview shows that you possess the right skills and experience for the job! Now, it’s all about marketing yourself and making sure the position is a good fit for you. Good luck! 😊

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