The hard work on your applications has paid off and you’ve been offered an interview for a sought-after job. But as your joy at receiving the invitation wears off, the reality that you are so close to achieving your goal sets in. What do you need to do to make sure you secure that much sought after job?

Perhaps it’s a while since you were last interviewed and you are not confident how well you will perform at interview? Or maybe you’re seeking a career change and so you need to ensure that you’ll portray yourself in a new light? Or this particular job is your next big break and you cannot afford to miss out on it? You don’t want interview nerves get in the way of making a powerful impression.

Watch our video offering our 5 top tips on succeeding at job interview.

If you can, practise and then practise some more.  Sometimes, it helps to have an objective view and working with us could make a real difference to your performance at interview. Our training consists of an in-depth one-to-one session lasting up to three hours during which we’ll not only put you through your paces in a mock interview but we’ll also look at your overall presentation and coach you on improving your preparation. Our training is bespoke – each session is designed with the individual client in mind and we will concentrate on what you need to improve in order to interview well.

But if there’s no chance to practice, you still don’t want to waste your chance. What can you do to ensure you’re composed and ready on the day? Our free online guide will give you more detail but here are the basics that you need to cover.

  • Prepare. A good candidate is a prepared candidate. It goes without saying that you must look at the company’s website but you should aim to research beyond that. Not only will this help you to answer questions confidently, but it will help you prepare good questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Understand the role. So far as is possible, find out where it fits in the organisation and what will be expected of you if successful. If you can’t glean this from your research, make a note to find out before you leave the interview room.
  • Know who you’ll be meeting. Evidently you need to know who to ask for when you turn up but also try to work out what makes your interviewer tick. There’s a reason that they’re interviewing you and you need to relate to that!
  • Get the basics right. Make sure you know the time, date and location of the interview and check your journey and how long it is likely to take. Also, make sure you dress appropriately for the interview. This all may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often people get these simple things wrong.

And finally:

  • Don’t believe it will just be “all right on the night”. Interviewers can easily tell the difference between a well-prepared and poorly prepared candidate.  If you think we can help you, we believe that working with us is an investment you won’t regret.