Performing well in an interview is vital to securing a job. Lack of preparation and knowledge of the job role can seriously harm your chances of success. Want to ace your next interview? Here are 8 ways you can improve your performance in an interview to help land you the job!

1. Research the company -
It’s always a good idea to do some research about a company before an interview. This will help you to gain a better understanding of the company’s culture and what they might be looking for in a candidate. You can then use this information to answer interview questions more effectively.

2. Reread the job description -
Even if you read the job description fully when you originally applied for the job, it is worth re-reading it to ensure you have a good grasp on what role you’re interviewing for. Lots of hiring managers will ask the interviewee what it was that attracted you to the role – if you can’t even recall the job description it is unlikely that you will be able to answer the question effectively.

3. Prepare examples -
It is common in interviews for the hiring manager to ask about your previous experience and how you have coped within a given situation. Preparing examples, such as a time when you have met a tight deadline, can improve your confidence and ensure you are answering the question to the best of your ability. Interviews are stressful; having some idea of what you want to say can reduce your nerves considerably and help you perform better. 

4. Dress formally -
Dressing formally helps to reflect your professionalism, and shows you have made an effort to prepare for the interview. Choosing to don a track suit in a highly professional office environment would definitely lose you the job before you even open your mouth. Make sure you present yourself in the best light – dress to impress to create a great first impression!

5. Practise -
Practising what you want to say in an interview can help to ease your nerves and ensure that your answers are relevant, reflect your personality, and showcase your skills in the best light. Practising in front of a friend, family member or even a mirror can help to build your confidence and improve your performance at an interview.

6. Be on time -
It is essential that you are on time for an interview! Even if the hiring manager still decides to interview you after turning up late, it is likely that their perception of you has been tainted and you will have to work a lot harder to persuade them of your suitability for the role. Turning up 5-10 minutes early can help show your eagerness, as well as give you an extra couple of minutes to get acquainted with your surroundings and calm your nerves.

7. Ask questions -
Towards the end of an interview a hiring manager will usually ask if you have any questions. You can take this opportunity to ask about the company’s goals and the role you’re interviewing for. This can help show your genuine interest in the job. Showing your eagerness to be a part of a project can be a big deciding factor for a hiring manager.

8. Relax! -
Although this is easier said than done, it is important for you to try and relax. Take your time when answering questions and don’t let nerves get the better of you. Try not to over think your responses, take deep breathes, be yourself and let your personality shine through!

9. Be positive -
If an interviewer asks why you left your previous job it is important to remain positive. Try not to talk negatively about your previous boss and colleagues as it may raise a red flag with the interviewer. Complaining about your job can make the hiring manager question your ability to get on with others in the workplace and fit into the team. 

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