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Interview tips

STAFFORD-SHARP ASSOCIATES have secured you your Interview, what's next – here are a few simple steps for preparing for interview

Before the Interview

  • Research the business
  • Use social media like Linkedin to briefly learn about the person/people you will be meeting
  • Make sure you understand the role that you are applying for
  • Think about what questions you will be asked and make sure you have some great answers
  • Make sure you have 5–10 well thought out questions for them

First impressions

  • A good firm handshake, a smile and a confident hello go a very long way
  • A good interviewer will build rapport at the beginning of an interview; so be ready to be friendly, open and engaging from the start

Listen to the questions

  • Make sure you listen to the questions that you are asked
  • Listen and match what you say to the question
  • Make sure not to cut off or interrupt the interviewer
  • Answer the question that you have been asked and where you can use evidence to support your answers

Think about what your body language is saying for you

  • Sit up straight
  • Hold eye contact
  • Smile and be positive
  • It's not what you say, it's how you say it. Make sure you are in rapport with your interviewer


  • Speak negatively about any of your previous employers


  • Focus on why you want this job and what you want from your next job and business (make sure it is relevant to the job that you are interviewing for!)

Ask Questions

  • "You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." ~ Dale Carnegie.
  • Your questions can break or make an interview

Make sure to ask great, insightful questions.

  • Asking great questions and learning about your interviewers and their business is one of the best ways to be memorable and build a lasting impression. It also helps you understand more about the job and business, helping you decide if it's the job for you

End on a high

  • If you are interested in the job – TELL THEM! Finish the way you started, a good handshake, a smile and a suitable pleasantry

And one more thing…

  • People sometimes take their foot off the gas at the second, third, fourth or fifth interviews. Your next interview must always be better than your previous so don't forget to keep it up!

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