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5 Job Interview Tips that Will Get you Shortlisted

Job interview tips

The tips that you receive before a job interview will depend upon whom you ask; but for the truly inexperienced who wish to acquire that dream job or that job that will get them by until they find their dream job - you're in need of job interview tips that will ensure you're shortlisted for the job that you want. Lucky for you, you've come to the right place.

#1 - The Research

The first of the job interview tips is for you to research the role that you are applying for and the company that is offering the position. If you know nothing of the company or the role that you're being interviewed for how do you expect to answer questions such as "Why did you choose to work with us?" or "What inspired you to apply for this position?".

#2 - The Look

The second of our job interview tips is this: if you want to get the part - you need to look the part. The interviewer is going to be looking for an individual that knows how to dress appropriately for the position that they have applied for. This means formal attire, fresh face and don't overdo it; women with too much make up and men with too much cologne are far less likely to be offered the position than those that arrive in a suitable manner.

#3 - The Salary

Whilt it's understandable that you will wish to know an approximate salary for the position you have applied for, it's important that you don't focus too heavily on this aspect of the job. If an employer feels that you're in it for the money alone they're likely to find an individual with more passion and drive for the job itself than you are. Keep these job interview tips in mind if you don't wish to offend your potential employer!

#4 - The Questions

Answering questions is inevitable in every interview; but it's how you answer these questions that will impress the interviewer.

Before you go into the interview it's important that you prepare yourself for the types of questions that will be asked of you, examples include:

  • "What can you bring to this company?"
  • "What experience do you have that would assist you in this role?"
  • & as unlikely as it may seem, a few employers have been known to ask "If you were a biscuit, what type of biscuit would you be?"

This last question can throw people off, but they're ultimately using a metaphor to find out how you would describe yourself and your personality.

#5 - The End

The way you end an interview will usually decide whether you're called back for a second interview or whether you receive a call to inform you that the position has already been filled.
Before you leave the interview, try to ask a question that shows that you are genuinely interested in the job that you are being interviewed for. It's also important that you stay positive; thank the employer or interviewer for their time and for considering you for the position, let them know that you hope to hear from them soon.

If you follow these simple job interview tips you should find that so long as you have the correct qualifications you are shortlisted for any job that you apply for.
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Guest copy: written by David Greaves of DJG Consulting - Recruitment Paris specialising in Investment Banking jobs and executive assistant jobs