Six Strategies To Help You Nail A Job Interview

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New year, new job? These could be the keys to your success.

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1. Use this Phrase.
Want them to offer more money, allow flexi-hours or let you bring your dog to the office? New research from the University of Southern Brittany claims to have uncovered the most persuasive phrase for getting what you want and it’s this: “You will probably refuse but…” According to a study, using this sentence to frame a request increases compliance. Also brush up on your pre-interview small talk, as new research from Harvard University suggests it’s as influential as the formal questions.

2. Be a Stalker.
Around 80 per cent of employees Google an interviewee before meeting them, so do your own research. Scan through their social media channels to read customer feedback, then reference it, and search The Muse to watch vlogs with employees. To learn about competitors in their market, go to their LinkedIn page and scroll down to the section, “Other companies people viewed.”

3. Practise your answers.
Thanks to the Internet, it’s possible to know just about every type of questions you might be facing. On Glassdoor applicants share their toughest interviews questions, from a range of start-ups and corporates. If you’re interviewing with a global company, there’s a good chance somebody has written about it on Quora. To control your nerves, the virtual reality app, Virtual Speech, lets you practise in front of an interview panel.

4. Head to TED.
Want to learn how to stay calm, transfix the room, and be just the right level of boastful? There’s a TED talk to teach you. Marc Pächter says it’s all about your energy, Jane McGonigal reveals the lengths of the perfect handshake, hidden within a talk about gaming, and Ashwini Mrinal Bhagat shares the tips she learnt from 32 gruelling interviews (“Don’t wear green”).

5. Don’t bring your shopping.
When the recruitment site Workopolis compiled a list of items never to bring to a job interview, some of the answers were obvious (“your parents” or “a competitor’s product”) and some a little more unexpected. According to interviewers, carrying a shopping bag gives off the wrong message that “the interview is not the sole focus of your day”.

6. Personalise your thanks.
According to a survey of HR managers, 91 per cent appreciated a thank you note from candidates. But don’t send a text, as only 10 per cent said this was appropriate. Instead of breathlessly chasing an answer, send an email with value, by forwarding a link to a topic you were discussing or the contact details of someone your prospective boss was interested in reaching out to. It says, ‘I’m a networker’ rather than ‘I’m needy!’

Amy Molloy is a Collective Hub Contributing Editor. For a further look inside her world, follow her on Twitter @amy_molloy

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