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Congratulations on reaching the interview stage! This is your opportunity to showcase your skills and secure your dream job. To maximise your chances of success, follow the steps below and embark on a journey towards interview excellence. Preparation and research are key to achieving your goals on the big day. 

Step 1: Master the Question Time 

Take the time to rehearse your responses to common interview questions. Consider the following: 

  • Reflect on your greatest strength and how it sets you apart.
  • Address your areas of improvement, highlighting how you actively work on them. 
  • Share your effective strategies for handling stress and pressure. 
  • Describe a challenging work situation and demonstrate your problem-solving abilities. 
  • Explain why this job aligns with your career aspirations. 
  • Maintain positivity when discussing your reasons for leaving or wanting to leave your current job. 
  • Articulate why you are the ideal candidate for the position. 
  • Share your future goals and aspirations. 
  • Discuss your preference for working independently or as part of a team. 

When the time comes, remember to ask insightful questions: 

  • Inquire about the aspects of working for the company that employees appreciate. 
  • Gain insight into the company culture and how it influences day-to-day operations. 
  • Request a glimpse into the typical experiences of someone in your desired position. 

Step 2: Attention to Detail 

Confirm the interview details, including the date, time, and location. Research the best route to the venue and ensure you arrive on time. Additionally: 

  • Familiarise yourself with the name of the interviewer(s). 
  • Prepare multiple copies of your resume to bring along. 
  • Select and lay out your interview attire the night before. 

Step 3: Uncover the Organisation 

Explore the background of the organisation to demonstrate your interest and understanding: 

  • Discover the organisation’s history, noting its evolution over the years. 
  • Understand the products or services they offer. 
  • Research the company’s standing within the industry. 
  • Stay informed about any expansion plans. 
  • Explore the organisational structure. 
  • Gauge the organisation’s commitment to making a positive impact in the community. 

Step 4: Master the Etiquette 

Impress from the moment you enter the premises: 

  • Aim to arrive approximately 10 minutes early; remember, punctuality is crucial. 
  • Greet everyone you encounter, from the receptionist to the interviewer, with respect and professionalism. 
  • Maintain a polished and professional image while waiting, refraining from distractions on your phone. 
  • Approach the interviewer with confidence, offering a firm handshake and a warm smile. 
  • Adhere to the TENS rule: TOUCH (handshake), EYE CONTACT, NAME (use the interviewer’s name), and SMILE. 
  • Wait for the interviewer’s invitation before taking a seat. 
  • Exude confidence without crossing into arrogance; let your genuine abilities shine. 
  • Listen attentively to each question and respond thoughtfully, taking your time. 
  • Remember to ask the questions you have prepared, showcasing your interest and engagement. 
  • Always express gratitude to the interviewer for their time and consideration. 

Step 5: Embrace Self-Awareness 

Understand your own skills, abilities, and values: 

  • Identify and articulate your strengths and how they relate to the position. 
  • Highlight the alignment between your skills and abilities and the requirements of the role and organisation. 
  • Explore your core values and demonstrate how they resonate with the organisation’s mission. 
  • Prepare a few success stories from your professional experience, utilising the STAR model (Situation, Task, Action, Result). 

Step 6: Dive into the Position 

Gain comprehensive knowledge about the position you are applying for: 

  • Obtain a copy of the position description and review it carefully, paying particular attention to the selection criteria. 
  • Research the average income earned by professionals in this role or a similar one. 

Remember, your journey to interview success is unique. By embracing these steps and partnering with IPA, you’ll navigate your career path with confidence, paving the way for a bright future. Work your way to success and let IPA accompany you throughout every stage of your professional journey. 

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