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5 tips to ace your next interview

Sally  Poulton our consultant managing the role

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Are you feeling anxious about an upcoming job interview? Don't worry, you're not alone. Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but with the right preparation and mindset, you can ace it! We'll provide you with some valuable interview tips and tricks that will help you feel more confident and prepared. So, let's dive in and get you one step closer to landing your dream job!

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1. Research the company.

An important part of being ready for an interview is learning as much as possible about the organisation you'll be meeting with. Researching the company shows that you have a genuine curiosity about the business. The company’s website and social media are the best places to start (You can check out our website here).

Companies all have their own unique culture so, it’s important to research before your interview. No one wants to work for a company whose missions and values don’t align with their own (check out Greene King’s values and behaviours here). When a company’s values and mission align with yours, it can lead to greater job satisfaction, motivation, and engagement!

It’s also important to research the company’s competitors, or any recent news or developments. Not only will this prepare you for questions that may be asked during the interview, but it will also provide you insight into the company's culture. 

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2. Prepare your answers.

Preparing strong responses to standard interview questions allows you to confidently highlight your experiences and skills. A great method to help you do this is using STAR! 

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To utilise the STAR method, start by identifying specific situations or challenges you faced in your current or previous roles. You can then define the tasks or goals you had to accomplish within those situations and go on to explain the actions you took highlighting your skills. It’s then important to discuss the results you achieved. 

Using this process allows you to provide clear and concise responses that showcase your abilities, problem-solving skills and also your positive outcomes, leaving a lasting impression on your interviewer. 

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3.  Ask questions

Asking questions during an interview is not only an opportunity to gather information but also a chance to demonstrate your interest and curiosity in the conversation. It’s highly likely that potential employers will expect you to have questions for them – here are some examples to help you out:

  • Can you tell me more about the company culture and what it’s like to work here?
  • How would you describe the typical career progression for someone in this role?
  • What are the main challenges or opportunities the company is currently facing?
  • How do you measure success in this role, and what are the key performance indicators?
  • Are there any specific projects or initiatives that the team is currently working on?

Remember, interviews are not just about the employer evaluating you, they also provide an opportunity for you to assess whether the company and the role align with your goals and expectations. 

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4. Be yourself 

When it comes to interviews, one of the most valuable tips is to simply be yourself. Not only does this help create an inclusive environment, but it also avoids the pitfalls of pretending to be someone else. Maintaining a persona can be draining and may pose challenges in the long run. By staying true to yourself in an interview, you increase your chances of finding a company that aligns with your values, leading to a better cultural fit.

Likewise, being authentic also promotes long-term success as you are more likely to find a role where you can thrive and feel fulfilled. Embracing your true self in interviews opens doors to opportunities that are a perfect match for your unique strengths and aspirations. 

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5. Stay calm and confident 

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but try to stay calm and confident throughout the process. Take a few deep breaths before entering the interview room. Maintain eye contact, smile, and speak clearly. Remember that the interview is an opportunity for you to showcase your skills and qualifications, so believe in yourself and your abilities.

Remember, interviews are not just about finding the perfect candidate for the company; they are also about finding the right fit for you. Be genuine and authentic, and let your true self shine during the interview. Good luck!

Sally  Poulton our consultant managing the role


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