Always the bridesmaid never the bride?

Always the bridesmaid never the bride?

Always the bridesmaid never the bride?

Always the bridesmaid never the bride?

Your resume is updated, you have a new suit and you are eager to find a new job, you have had plenty of interviews but not one job offer?

Here are my top 3 tips to help you get the next job you are interviewed for:

Be On Time
I know this may sound obvious but the number of candidates I have interviewed that have been late to the interview always surprises me. It is imperative that you allow time for things to go wrong when heading to your interview such as no parking; public transport is late; you got the time wrong etc Remember this is your first and normally only chance to make a good impression, therefore be at the interview at least 15minutes early and you are already ahead.

Be Prepared
If you have gone through a credible recruitment agency they should have already given you information on the company and position you are being interviewed for. This information, however, will be the same for every candidate so do your own research.  Find out some key facts or points you can easily introduce in the interview. That way you will a) stand out from the other candidates and b) look like you want the job.

Practice answering Common Questions  
Interview questions will vary based on the interviewer and the company culture, however, there are generic questions that most prospective candidates will get asked in one way or another.  Examples of this include:
Describe a time when you showed initiative in the workplace
How would you manage a large workload with the same deadlines?
What are your strong points?
How do you think your colleagues would describe you?
What are your salary expectations?
While you may not get asked these questions exactly most questions will have a similar theme so don't get caught having to make something up. Write down your answers and practice them.
TIP: Go back to the job description and look through this for hints on what they may ask especially in relation to the key requirements.