Seize the Opportunity and the Job: The Interview

September 21st, 2009

You have done your research on sites like and have found the ideal job for you.

The application form has been completed and the CV has been posted.You have been successful in securing that interview, but what is the next step.The interview itself is often the most stressful part when it comes to finding your next job.This is where the employers make a decision based on his or her impression of whether to hire you for their job.

The interview is where all your hard work can be rewarded or rejected.If you make a mistake at this stage all your hard work will have been for nothing.

1.Make a positive impression.
Always dress in your best attire for the interview. Your attire should be appropriate.No matter what the company may require for their employees, the first impression for applicants should be conservative business attire.

2. Do some groundwork prior to the interview.
Having a good understanding about the company you are applying to work at will always leave a good impression.This will equip you with material to answer many of the questions the interviewer will ask. So, if you are being interviewed for vacant Sainsburys jobs, do some research on how the company has developed.One question which is frequently asked is how do you see yourself fitting in to the company?If you are already aware of how the organisation works you will find this question much easier to answer.

Understand the importance of your body language.
Many of the interviewers are well versed in body language, and you will find that, throughout the interview, they will be looking for hints about your personality from the way you act, talk, and move.Don’t do strange things which your hands and arms which you would not do in an every day situation.You should sit and stand in a way that shows you are relaxed but professional.You should not lie about your qualifications or achievements as many interviewers will check what you have told them.During an interview it is good to keep a nice level of eye contact with the interviewer, but don’t make it intimidating. Never fold your arms infront of your chest as this looks defensive.

4. Be confident.
Walk in with a purpose. Answer with a purpose. Try not to be too self-conscious.Answer questions confidently and as truthfully as possible.Do not be afraid to say you don’t know the answer to the question, it is better than fumbling for words.If you answer with confidence then the employer will feel you are competent – possibly just the right person for the job.

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