How to improve your chances of success at interview

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I have been an in-house recruitment expert dealing with all levels Personal and Corporate Recovery Appointments since 2004. I now specialise predominately in the Corporate Recovery sector specialising in all levels from Corporate Recovery Administrator to Partner. Over the years I have had the pleasure of dealing with of all sizes of firms from Boutique to Big 4. I have also been on the preferred supplier lists of several local experts. More notable placements recently include the placement of a Partner within a Top 10 Practice, and a corporate recovery Senior Manager within a strong local Insolvency Practice.

I have extensive experience of preparing candidates from junior to senior levels for interview. Here are some of my tried and trusted tips to help secure you your dream job.

1. Good Communication: Demonstrating confidence, making sure that you are upright, and making good eye contact along with a nice firm handshake all help to exude confidence.

2. Good Dress Sense: Being well groomed is an essential part of the dress code, and its important to dress well at the interview. Take time to explore the company culture, and make sure that its suits the position that you are interviewing for. Make sure that you do not dress too casually if the occasion does not merit it.

3. Never be too friendly: Interviews are about talking about the business and its culture. You should also aim to follow the lead of the interviewer with regards to your body language. Always prepare your answers, and try to avoid over talking, or inappropriate language or topics such as: race, religion, sexual orientation, politics, and age. You only get one chance to get this right.

4. Never over do things: Remember that there is a thin line between confidence and being over assertive. If you come off as being cocky no-one will want to work with you.

5. Prepare for the questions and practice your answers: Most employers are looking for clear evidence that you have researched their firm, and that you not only answer their questions but can demonstrate your ability and talk about your skills in relation to the role. Prior to the interview I would suggest practicing some of the questions the interviewer may ask you. Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

Author: Russell Corrie

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