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If you’ve been going to countless job interviews and have yet to secure a new job then follow these three simple tips to help you improve your job interview performance and hopefully help you to find employment.


Interview Tips

Build a Career Portfolio

If you haven’t created a career portfolio then you should before your next job interview. A career portfolio, no matter what industry you are in, is a great way to showcase your skills and expertise. Traditionally a career portfolio should contain snippets of information including examples of your previous work, images of events or projects you have been involved in and statistics to outline the impact you have had in previous roles. Taking a career portfolio with you to your job interview can improve your chances of getting the job because it demonstrates to the employer what you are like as a candidate, it highlights your successes, it shows what kind of impact you could have on a business and it supports your resume content.

Ask Questions

A good way to stand out during a job interview is to ask questions. If you have neglected to ask the employer questions during your previous job interviews then it’s unlikely that you stood out during the application process. Asking questions will make you stand out because the employer will see that you are intuitive, that you have a genuine interest in working for their organisation and that you have done your research on the role. Before you attend your next job interview research the company well using their website and any literature you have been sent. Familiarise yourself with their staff, their processes, their core business and their values. You can then create a list of questions based on these to take to the job interview. Having a notepad and pen on you and asking questions will really help you to stand out from the crowd and should also help you to decide whether it’s the right job role for you.

Follow Up

Not following up your job interview and asking for employer feedback could hinder your chances of being offered the job. Many employers are too busy to contact every candidate they see to give feedback and if you don’t follow the interview up, then you might never know what went wrong and how you can improve it. Ensure you make a follow up phone call or email a week after your interview. This will give you the opportunity to find out ways you can improve your job interview technique. But sending a follow up email straight after your interview could also be very valuable when it comes to a second interview. Some employers deliberately wait for a candidate to contact them to re-iterate their interest. After your interview you should send a brief note to the employer to register your interest and to thank them for their time. This will help you to stand out from the rest of the candidates and it also ensures you are fresh in the employer’s memory when it comes to candidate selection.

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