In the interview
Talk about examples that had positive outcomes and remember that the interview will want to know about your successes, not other peoples, so say I and not WE when describing your successes.
You will probably be asked to describe challenges that you have overcome. Be prepared for this these questions because the interviewer may want to dig further into the mechanics of how you overcame the challenge and validate your exact role in the process.
Be able to describe your working methods, tools and techniques and be prepared to answer any questions. You can describe the benefits and value that your expertise in this area brings and how that helps you to be able to meet goals and deadlines.
If your phone rings, don’t panic! Just mute it and apologise and then carry on.
If there are multiple interviewers, make eye contact with all of them so that the interviewers feel that you are making a connection with them.
Avoid negative words and phrases like, stress, to be honest, not sure, don’t know
Did you know that moving your eyes to the left can indicate that you are accessing the creative side of the brain and suggest that you might be making it up as you go along? And that eyes moving to the right can indicate that you are recalling a memory of something that actually happened? Something to consider but don’t lose your train of thought worrying too much about which way your eyes are pointing!
Also a poise with fingertips touching each other in an upright position shows confidence but fidgeting fingers can indicate that you are uncomfortable.
Don’t be afraid to say “that’s a good question, may I spin that slightly and answer what I think you’re getting at by telling you…” this is where you can use you’re your prepared answer/anecdote and recall it with passion and confidence in your professional record.
A question about the kinds of environments you like to work in, or if you’re the first to the pub or last to the pub on a Friday, or simply how sociable you are, are all designed to draw out how you might fit in socially. Be careful not to overdo it on the social side be do come across as being friendly, a team player and somebody that turns up to after hours events or gatherings.
Interviewers often want to hear about longevity that they can expect from a potential candidate and won’t be impressed if you tell them your dream of opening a restaurant the following year, so have an idea of the career progression that you wish to take, maybe even ask about what routes are typically taken by those in the position that you’re applying for.
Be friendly, ask the interviewer how long they have worked for the company and how they have enjoyed it this far.
Focus in on your responsibilities and ask what’s the most important thing required from you would be and how you could hit the ground running if hired.