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Posted on 15 February 2023

​Face-to-face interviews are a particularly important stage in any job search. It means that the employer has an interest in you and is considering you as a potential fit for the role.

Not only do face-to-face interviews give you the opportunity to make a great first impression, but also give you a feel for the environment you could potentially work in.

There are many factors that an employer will take into consideration when deciding who is the ideal candidate for the position. So, what can you do to ensure that your interview goes well and increase your likelihood of securing the job?

Here are some tips to help you prepare as best as you can for your in-person interview:


1.       Research the company

Researching the company is extremely beneficial. It will allow you to gain understanding of the company and how they operate. This research will make it much easier for you to explain why you want to work for the company and what you will be able to bring to the role. Doing your research also shows that you are proactive and have a genuine interest in the company.

It is also good practice to make note of any questions that you may have when conducting your research, this way you are prepared, when given the opportunity to ask you own questions.


2.       Practice

Research common interview questions and practice how you will answer them. Doing this will allow you to be more confident when going into the interview and will make answering questions a lot easier. When you are practicing questions think about how your skills and experience can benefit the role. For example, if you have previously worked in customer service and have applied for a sales role, you can talk about how confident you are speaking to customers and how you have learnt to be adaptable and prioritise the needs of customers. Your transferable skills will be important for a future employer.

3.       Plan your commute

One of the best ways to give a good first impression is arriving to your interview on time. Doing this will make you come across as a punctual and dependable.

It is important to plan your journey, so you can familiarise yourself with the route and be aware of potential traffic conditions. Make sure you do not arrive too early, arriving at the company reception 10 mins before your appointment is ideal.

4.       Dress for success

How you present yourself will contribute to how you are perceived at your interview. No matter what the company dress code is, it is still advised that you dress smartly for an interview and are well-groomed. This way, you will come across professionally and show that you care about the role you have applied for.

5.       Body Language

First impressions count so it is important that you are conscious of your body language. Smiling, making eye contact, and sitting up straight will go a long way. If this is something you are not necessarily comfortable with, try practising with a friend or family member, then ask them for feedback on how you come across. Remember as soon as you arrive at the company and even in the company carpark you may be observed, so maintain your professionalism throughout.

6.       Take your time

To help calm nerves it is okay to take a few seconds after each question to formulate your answer. Interviews can be quite daunting, and it is common to get a bit nervous, so remember to take you time and try to relax as much as possible. This will prevent you from answering questions in ways you did not intend.

Considering these points will help you prepare for your interview and so ensure that you make the best impression possible.

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