Lots of first-stage interviews are now done via phone or skype, however some companies still prefer the good old fashioned face‐to‐face.

Here are our top 10 tips to make sure you’re prepped and ready to ace the interview:

Before the interview

1. Plan your journey ‐ you don’t want to be late or arrive flustered/rushed. Plan your journey in advance and aim to get there at least 15 minutes early. If time permits, do a trial‐run to check the journey.

2. Prepare your outfit ‐ what you wear can have more of an impact than you may think. Plan your outfit a couple of days in advance, so this isn’t your main concern leading up to the interview. If you’re stuck on what to wear, check out our guide here.

3. Ask yourself questions. Why do you want this role? What are your strengths? Ask yourself a series of questions along these lines to focus in your mind why you would be the best fit for this role. Think of examples of when you’ve worked well and overcome challenges.

At the interview

4. Make a good first impression. First impressions count… and stick! Make sure you check your appearance before you enter the building, perfect a good, strong handshake, smile and make good eye‐contact with your interviewers.

5. Work examples into your answers. Even if you aren’t asked competency‐based questions which specifically ask for examples, make sure you work real‐life examples into your answers/discussions.

6. Keep your non‐verbals in check. Start with the eyes ‐ make sure to make good eye contact with your interviewer, if there’s more than one person interviewing you, make sure to make eye contact with each. Gesticulate, be attentive and also maintain a good posture.

7. Mirror your interviewers. Take the interviewer’s lead in terms of tone for the interview. If they are lively and even jokey, be sure to seem upbeat and friendly. If the tone is strictly professional, then make sure to not stray from this by being relaxed or jokey.

8. Ask questions. As well as having some pre‐planned questions to ask. Try and think of questions throughout the interview based on information you’ve listened to throughout. This will show you’re engaged and encourage dialogue. Keep the questions relevant to the company, role and industry, avoid any about salary, working hours and benefits in the first interview. You can ask what the next stage of the

9. Remain positive throughout ‐ especially about your current/most recent employer. If you’re asked ‘negative’ questions ie. ‘what do you consider to be your biggest weakness’ ‐ be sure to give the answer a positive spin.

10. Don’t interrupt ‐ make mental notes of what you’d like to say, but be careful not to interrupt the interviewer, even if you have value to add. A good way to counter this to get your point across is; “Going back to what you were saying about ‘topic’, I believe…” ‐ this approach shows you’ve listened, retained information and can refrain from interrupting.

Once your interview is over, give your consultant at Triple Seven a call and let them know how it went!