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Face your fears

11 February 2020
You’ve reached the super important part of the application process and earned the right to sell yourself in person
Face your fears
Now it’s time to face your fears. Having got this far, what are the pitfalls you should avoid, and what will make you stand out? We asked our recruiters to provide the top tips for candidates attending face-to-face interviews.
Fail to plan and you plan to fail

Do your research. Swat up on the company: explore its website, social channels and its latest projects or developments.


Make sure you know who you’re meeting: drop their name into Google or check out their profile on LinkedIn. It’s rare someone doesn’t have a profile these days and you might come across something useful to bring up in the interview.


Know yourself: this sounds obvious, but be prepared to talk interestingly about your achievements, both in and out of work.

It’s a two-way street

A face-to-face interview is a mutual meeting with a common goal.


The employer wants to make the right appointment, and you want to make sure the company is the right fit for you.


It’s a two-way discussion, so make sure it’s not just the interviewer asking the questions.


You wouldn’t buy a car without carrying out a test drive would you?

Match your experience to the role

Your interviewer wants to know how your experience, skills and behaviour match up to the requirements of the role, so tell them.


Think of similar situations you’ve handled particularly well and tailor your responses accordingly.


One more thing – say what you want to say, then stop. Waffling will dilute the pertinent things you have to say, so as a rule, don’t talk for more than two minutes at a time.

Engage with your interviewer

Here’s an insider’s tip – drive a good dialogue, engage with your interviewer, build a rapport and ensure that their interview questions are clear to you because it’s ok to say if they’re not clear.


Not only will this give you more thinking time, it will also help draw a clearer picture of the role and let you determine whether it matches your own goals, personal values and motivations.

Finish with a flourish

End the interview with some well considered, thought-provoking questions.


They will resonate long after the interview is over, especially if they are asked enthusiastically.


For example, ‘what would success look like for the right candidate within this role in the first six months?’ is a question that shows an ambitious and proactive mindset.

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