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10 Tips For The Perfect Job Interview 


10 Tips For The Perfect Job Interview
By Gail Kenny

Preparing for a job interview is extremely stressful – there’s simply no denying it. The 30 minutes of intense questions and answers will decide the direction your life will take for you, so it’s imperative to make it count. At our online travel jobs website, we try to prepare our visitors for their job interviews by giving an insight into what’s expected. Nonetheless, having worked in recruitment for over 10 years I have seen the same job interview mistakes occurring time and time again. The good news is that all of them are fixable with a little research and some practice when preparing for a job interview.

In preparing for a job interview, be sure you don’t fall into the following 10 traps:

1)Poor presentation or dressing in the wrong way for the tone of the job interview.

Why it may ruin your job interview:

If you don’t give the impression that you care about your appearance then you will be judged accordingly – after all, if you don’t make the effort when preparing for a job interview, why would you pull your weight for their company if appointed?

How it can be corrected:

Take some time to appear well groomed and professional looking. Although some offices are increasingly less formal with clothes, you don’t want to assume it applies to interviewees too, so phone up in advance and enquire about the dress code. If this is impossible, it’s best to err on the side of caution and appear overdressed rather than under, for the reason explained above.

2) Nervous job interview body language

Why it may ruin your job interview

If you find yourself fidgeting, slouching or refusing to hold the interviewer’s eye contact in the interview, you will come across as lacking in confidence, and no employer will be impressed by someone so timid and awkward around people.

How it can be corrected:

Some nerves are expected and acceptable in a job interview, so don’t make yourself more nervous worrying about this one. On the other hand, appearing more confident than a rival candidate with similar ability can give you the edge, so try to seem assertive. Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake, maintain eye contact and stand straight.

3) Not listening at the job interview

Why it may ruin your job interview:

Some people who are worried about their job interview performance actually manage to shoot themselves in the foot by planning too carefully! If you attempt to counter your nerves by planning your responses to potential questions while the interviewer talks you may miss out some valuable information about the work, the questions and any tasks you are to be set.

How it can be corrected:

Just relax, listen and show the interviewer you are hearing their points. Match their style and pace, and they will be aware you are following their lead.

4) Verbal overkill!

Why it may ruin your job interview:

The point of the interview is to find out about you, your aims and your attitude, but if you overdo it, they’ll have their answer! This is often a problem with under prepared candidates, who make up for their lack of succinct answers by rambling.

How it can be corrected:

Carefully preparing for a job interview is essential – match the job specifications to your own abilities and be sure to only share relevant information with the interview panel. Listen to yourself talking, and if you feel yourself slipping off the question, then sharply bring yourself back around.

5) Appearing over confident in your job interview

Why it may ruin your job interview:

If there’s one thing worse than a timid interview candidate, it’s one who’s overconfident to the point of arrogance. Nothing can get an interviewer’s back up than a candidate’s brashness, and it’s all too common for this to result in no job offer at the end of the process.

How it can be corrected:

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