6 Ways To Ensure You Have Successful Interviews

6 Ways To Ensure You Have Successful Interviews

So you’ve followed our tips on how to manage your international job hunt – part 1 here and part 2 here – and you’ve managed to successfully get some interviews lined up. So what now?

The interviewing stage is a critical one. To achieve your desired international job move you must understand how to approach it in the right way and ensure you come across to the hiring managers and decision makers in the best light.

Here are 6 ways to ensure you have a successful interview.

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6 Ways To Ensure That You Have a Successful Job Interview

1. Preparation is key

It really is. And the more you prepare for each interview the higher your chances of landing the job.

Do your research.

It’s important that you fully understand what the company is about and what the particular job requires of the successful candidate. Do your research on the company online, read through their website and careers site/pages. Check through the job description until you fully understand it and when possible speak to the person advertising the position to see if there is any further information you can get – this is also a great opener and way to stand out from the crowd.

By the time you speak to someone in an interview scenario you want to be able to demonstrate how you could add value to the position and how your existing skills and experiences relate to that job – if there is any way that you can show how you could add more value than is being requested in the job description then do.

Top Tip: Put aside 30 – 60 minutes each day to do you research, tailor your CV, update your professional platforms and prepare for your applications and interview stage.

2. Who will you be meeting?

Who will be interviewing you?Another consideration is who it is you’ll be meeting, i.e. who are the interviewers? Doing your research on these individuals will put you ahead of the other candidates as you’ll be able to approach the interview in a whole new light. Knowing who people are and what they do within a company is very important and will help you to relate to them much better – how will the successful candidate impact on their roles and what could you do to help that person if you were the chosen candidate?

When answering questions it’s also helpful have more of a context behind them – why does one of the interviewers want to know more about a specific experience listed on your CV, could those skills help them on the job?

Top Tip: LinkedIn is a great place to find out more about the people you might be meeting.

3. Reflect your CV

As mentioned in our article about managing your international job hunt you need to tailor your CV to each individual job application – not every job is the same and you don’t want to list everything in your CV, rather highlight the most important parts that directly relate to that positions. Therefore you must reflect your CV in the interview. From your research your CV should detail the key experiences and skills you have which would make you the best candidate for that job, so when in the interview be sure to discuss those and elaborate on them.

Top Tip: Always take a couple of physical copies of your CV with you to an interview.

4. Practice will make you (almost) perfect

You hear it a lot, I’m sure, but practice does make you (almost) perfect. By running through some typical interview questions, practicing your interview technique and putting in the ground work before the big day(s) you’ll come across as a much stronger candidate.

The confidence you have going into an interview having practiced will put you ahead of the pack and allow you to focus on the interview and interview questions instead of worrying about how you’re doing and how you’re coming across.

Top Tip: Practice in front of a mirror, in the shower, but most importantly, get a friend or family member to help you.

5. It’s in the body language

Often overlooked, body language is an incredibly important part of any interview or meeting. Looking your best is essential, but so is making the effort to look engaged.

Body language is important.

Decision makers will be judging you on the basis of how well you would fit into their company and company culture – if they’re looking for an enthusiastic individual who is excited about their job and wants to get involved in everything that comes their way then they’re not going to hire you if you don’t smile, slouch over with your elbow on the desk and don’t express any enthusiasm.

Sit up straight, smile, look your best, keep your cool and relax. They’ll know how pressurised and nerve racking the interview is, and they’ll likely be slightly nervous themselves, so remember that and do your best to just be yourself and setting into the interview as quickly as possible.

Top Tip: Having done your preparation and research, get an early night before the interview. The better you feel the better you’ll look and more relaxed you’ll naturally be.

6. Show some focus

Whilst there are certain formalities in an interview that come with interviewing you want to try your best to imagine you’re meeting another professional for a friendly chat. Of course you want to demonstrate your value and why you’d be the best candidate for the job, but you also want to be natural in your approach and give them an insight into you – at the end of the day they’re not hiring a mute robot!

The more you get on with the interviewer(s) the better as you’ll help to demonstrate how you’re a ‘good fit’ to the company but you’ll also stand out from other candidates who likely will reel off information as if they were reading straight from their CV.

The more prepared and relaxed you are for the interview the more likely you’ll be able to focus on the interviewer.

Top Tip: If possible, try and chat about the company, the position and even the individual, finding out more information that you couldn’t possibly obtain from a LinkedIn profile or a website. This could help you to bond with the individual more and identify if this position really is for you.

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