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Top Tips for Interview Success

10 Top Tips on how to give yourself the best chance at interview

1. Even before applying for a role, study the job description, do you have the skills it requires? Do you think you would enjoy the job? The challenge of getting a new job sometimes takes over and candidates start applying for jobs that perhaps they are not perfectly suited to. In the long term this will not serve you well and you will end up moving on and starting the process all over again.

2. Prepare thoroughly for your interview. Find out as much as you can about the company you are interviewing for, not just by flicking through their website, look at their competitors in the market, what is their USP? What is their company culture like?

3. Whilst you are doing this research, questions to ask at interview will crop up. Write them down and use them in your interview. A well thought out question will always help you at interviews and show that you are engaged in the process and have completed your due diligence on the role and the company.

4. It is advisable to steer clear of questions on salary and remuneration packages, it can look presumptuous and as if you are too focussed on the money, not whether you are suitable for the role. If you are applying via Cultura Connect, we will already have discussed a salary range so if you have been put forward for a role you will have a good idea whether the salary is in the right ballpark.

5. Read Interview instructions thoroughly. If you are meeting in person, check that allow enough time for travel. Always plan to arrive 10 minutes early to give yourself time for delays and a window of preparation when you arrive to find out where you need to go.

6. If you are invited to a video interview on Zoom or Teams, ensure that you are in a quiet setting with a stable internet connection. Check that the link that was sent to you is to hand and that it has not disappeared to your deleted items once you accepted it! (This happens regularly!)

7. Dress appropriately for the role you are interviewing for. Your research into company culture will help inform this but if you are unsure, ask one of the Cultura team for advice. First impressions go a long way, and you don't want to get this wrong!

8. Check your social media platforms for anything that might cause embarrassment. Potential employers may do their research on you too.

9. At your first Interview, try to relax, be positive, show enthusiasm, but most importantly, be yourself. Interviewers are not trying to catch you out; they want you to be yourself, be authentic. Following on from your interview, make notes whist the meeting is still fresh in your mind and so that you can give some solid feedback to the Cultura Connect team on how you think it went.

10. If you make it to the Second Interview stage, do some further research based on what you discussed at the first interview. Do not become complacent, they will be expecting more from you at this stage, and you will be up against the shortlisted candidates who obviously all impressed at the first interview stage!

Make sure you get your feedback to your contact at Cultura Connect as soon as you can so that we can get this to the client and get their feedback to you!

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