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Succeeding at the first interview

  • Publish Date: Posted 10 months ago
  • Author: Jordan Rowson

​People can often be daunted by the interview process, but it is a good opportunity and a step in the right direction towards the job you applied for. After reviewing your CV, your interviewer will have identified a compatibility between you and the job description. The interview is your chance to demonstrate your suitability.

For each job post that we advertise, there are on average, 4 interviews per role. With this in mind, it’s important that you stand out. Read our tips below to find out how to make your interview a success.

1 – Be on time

This should go without saying but don’t hinder your chances by arriving late to the interview. This leaves a bad impression and is something that will be remembered well above your responses to questions. There are very few acceptable excuses here. Plan your journey in advance, leave earlier than normal and sit in a local coffee shop if need be.

Do not be late!

2 – Do your homework

This tip is so important that we’ve written a separate article for it, titled “4 tips to successfully prepare for a Job Interview". It is crucial that you spend time reviewing your CV (read our top 10 CV tips to help you here!), researching the role and finding out about the company in advance of your interview. You want to be able to confidently show how your skills and experience would align to the role that you’ve applied for. This preparation will help demonstrate that you have a thorough understanding of the organisation and shows that you’re interested and enthusiastic about the role.

3 – Overcome thy nerves

It’s normal to feel anxious about an interview. You’re in unfamiliar surroundings with people you’ve never met, asking you a series of probing questions. Therefore, it’s vital that you try to overcome these nerves and don’t break under the pressure. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your passion and prove that you are the right candidate for the role.

Take deep breaths, try to remember all your research and above all, stay calm.