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Published: 2023

I’ll be interviewing a few candidates over the coming weeks and I know it can be nerve-wracking to sit down and speak to someone you don’t know, so here are my top tips for maximising success and navigating the interview process with a smile:

  1. Research, Research, Research
    Start by researching the company thoroughly. Understand their mission, values, and culture. This knowledge will not only help you answer questions confidently, but also demonstrate your genuine interest in the company.
  2. Practise, Practise, Practise
    Before the big day, practise your responses to common interview questions. Have a friend or family member conduct a mock interview with you to help build your confidence. If you’re online for the interview, you could keep a one page set of notes or hints beside you to prompt you.
  3. Be Punctual
    Arriving on time for your interview or online if it’s a hangout, shows respect for the company’s time and commitment. Plan ahead, accounting for possible delays, or try the platform link to make sure it works ahead of time – you want to arrive with a relaxed smile, not sweating buckets and in a panic.
  4. Ask Questions
    Remember that interviews are a two-way street. Prepare thoughtful questions about the company, the team, and the role you’re applying for. This demonstrates your genuine interest and enthusiasm.
  5. Follow Up with Appreciation
    After the interview, send a thank-you email expressing your gratitude for the opportunity. This not only shows good manners but also keeps you fresh in the interviewer’s mind, leaving a lasting positive impression.

Remember, even if you don’t get the job, maintain a positive outlook. Every interview is a learning experience that can bring you one step closer to your ideal position. Keep that smile intact, and remember that rejection is just a detour on the road to success.

Angela Rieu-Clarke, MD, Buzzqube

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