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Dr Linda’s top 5 interview tips

Be confident and overcome your interview nerves with expert advice from Dr Linda Papadopoulos.

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Going for an interview is a daunting experience, but there are things you can do to feel more in control and more prepared. Here are my five tips:

1. Prepare

We live in a time where it’s easy to get access to information, in terms of the company you’re interviewing at, where it is, the culture, how they dress and how they speak. Do your homework: if you do you’ll feel much more ready to answer their questions about the company.

2. Nail the greeting

There are some basic things to do to make sure you are likeable. Smile! It seems easy enough but when we’re nervous we forget to smile. Also, make good eye contact, it means you’re showing respect to other people.

3. Be aware of the internal bully

So many of us go in with doubt, especially in interview situations. We think of all the things we can’t do; all the reasons why we shouldn’t be there. Be very aware of this.

Try not to listen to the bully and instead, challenge all those negative thoughts. You’ve got just as much right to be there as anyone else, you are there for a reason, you were selected for a reason, so be as positive as you can and enjoy it.

4. Focus

The reason I say this is because while many times things might go to plan, sometimes they might not. Someone might interrupt the interview; someone may need to take a call in between. Be aware that you’re in the moment, that you’re focusing on what’s going on.

If you feel distracted, that’s okay, just apologise and start your thought over again. One of the best ways to focus is to be an active listener in what’s going on. This will also make your interviewer feel that you’re reciprocating, and will ensure they don’t feel like it’s a monologue, but a two-way street.

5. Music

One of the best performance enhancers (and the cheapest!) is music. There are several studies that attest to the fact that listening to the right kind of music can make you run faster, perform better at interviews and even do better in tests.

The key is the right type of music – it has to have a lot of bass. Researchers believe it has something to do with our forefathers associating that kind of depth of voice with strength.

So, put on some good bass, think positive thoughts and go in there confidently.

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  1. Miss Susan Bevan Monday, 22 May, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Thank you for your advice.

  2. Nabil Elraie Saturday, 17 Jun, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Thank you for your care and advices… hope more is there

  3. Evina Saturday, 17 Jun, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Dear Linda
    I’m so glad to listen you then thank you very much for yours advise.

  4. Pam Saturday, 17 Jun, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    In my experience I have always give a positive hand shake after interviews and thank the interviewee for their time from their busy schedule, in my books this is required.

  5. Graham Bartlett Saturday, 17 Jun, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks for your advice Linda, I’ll be sure to remember your tips in my next interview.

  6. Rachel Wilson Saturday, 17 Jun, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Really good advice. Thank you 🙂

  7. Philippe boa Saturday, 17 Jun, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    How can I prepare my interview ?please

  8. Clement ofori Saturday, 17 Jun, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    I am ready for a workI’m a reliable hard worker on time good communication respect

  9. Lester Clarke Sunday, 18 Jun, 2017 at 12:46 am

    Thank you. I can do with all the extra positive mind-set possible. It’s really good to have them so conveniently packaged, too, so that memorising them becomes a chore. I have been a supply teacher for six years and now, very work-short – but they are hard to get.

  10. William Vedhamanickam Sunday, 18 Jun, 2017 at 5:51 am


  11. Kishore Ruparelia Sunday, 18 Jun, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Many thanks for the valuable advice, nervousness aspect is most common in however many intreviews one has had.

    Grateful and with Best regards


  12. Ajay Monday, 19 Jun, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Really really nice, superb and Encouraging.

  13. Muqbool Monday, 19 Jun, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Spot on Linda. If you believe you can do it in your head, the panel will also believe in you!

  14. Bento Mas Ribeiro Dos Santos Wednesday, 21 Jun, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Thank you.l can do with all the extra positive mind-set possible.

  15. Hafiz atiq Thursday, 22 Jun, 2017 at 5:38 am

    This is so helpfull for everyone specially for me,thank u very much.

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