Top 5 interview tips for interview success

Jill Collins 13.01.2016

2016 has got off to a flying start on the job front, with many employers eager to get new starters integrated into the business as soon as possible.

This, in conjunction with a “New year – New Career” attitude from applicants can only mean one thing – Interviews are happening.

Whether you are a seasoned interviewee or your last interview was 5 years ago, fear not – here are my top 5 tips for interview success.

1. Be prepared for your interview

You have secured an interview for your dream job! Brilliant! Next step is to prepare for the interview. Do you research on the actual job, the company, their values and the people you will be working for. If this information isn't available online, then don't be afraid to ask your recruiter who may be able to give you an insight into the culture of the business and the type of people who have joined and been successful within the business. Doing your due diligence on the business will show the Hiring Managers that you are not only interested in the role but also your future within the business.

2. Practice your answers

Certain interview questions are a given in any interview process so have your examples ready ahead of the interview without sounding too rehearsed.Tailor your answers – draw on your own past experience and try and align your examples with the role you are interviewing for. This will demonstrate how you plan to integrate into the team. Practice your answers in front of the mirror or with a friend – this is a great way to ensure your body language is conveying the right message. Have a look at some common interview questions and answers here to help you prepare.

3. Be interested

If you have gone to the trouble of researching the company and getting your examples ready then make sure it shows. Go into the interview with a positive attitude, enthusiasm and plenty of eye contact to demonstrate your genuine interest in the role and the business. Don't forget a firm handshake when you meet with your interviewers!

4. Plan ahead

Might sound obvious but knowing where you are going and being on time is extremely important. Being ten minutes late for an interview will not make a good first impression to any Hiring Manager. Make sure you know the location and give yourself plenty of time to get there especially if the interview is during rush hour.

5. Ask questions

At the end of the interview, you may have the opportunity to ask the interviewer questions. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the Hiring Manager that you have genuine interest in the role and finish the interview leaving a great impression. It’s always good to have 2-3 questions prepared. Be careful you don't ask a question that has already been answered during the interview.

So that's it – my top 5 tips for interview success. If you are in the market for a new position in Accounting and Finance, or are looking for some guidance in your career, then please get in touch with me Jill Collins – I'd be delighted to assist you in your search.

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Senior Consultant | Accounting & Finance Recruitment