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If you’re trying to land your dream job, then setting out to impress your prospective employer is a good place to start. When it comes to interviews, self-confidence and preparation are the keys to success. UK job site, CV-Library, shares its top tips for making a winning impression.

Dress to impress

First impressions are so important. Before you’ve even had the chance to sit and discuss your skills, the interviewer will have already made a judgement based on your appearance.

Also think about grooming. Get your hair cut and don’t forget to clean and trim your nails. In a recent survey, CV-Library found that 82.1 percent of men get their hair cut or styled before an interview – smart move!

Do your research

Before the interview make sure you do your research. The more you know about the company (and even the interviewer) beforehand, the more meaningful the conversation can be. You’ll also be able to tailor your answers to fit the company values. Prepare questions ahead of time to fill in any gaps or information you may not know about the company or your role. And show you’re enthusiastic

Research exactly how to get to your interview and pre-plan your travel arrangements. Allow yourself plenty of extra time on the day for possible delays (especially if you’re relying on public transport). The last thing you want to do is turn up late looking panicked. Remember, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

Consider the basics

You can never predict 100 percent what you are going to be asked in an interview, but you’ll probably be asked to cover the basics. Practice answers for the most common interview questions and choose examples that demonstrate your skills. That way you can deliver your answers confidently already have examples in your mind.

Master your presentation skills

It’s a good idea to perfect your presentation skills. When you’re asked to describe yourself, you need to be able to confidently sum up your career and experience. Prepare a speech beforehand. Then practice reading it out loud, making sure you aren’t rambling. Aim to talk succinctly for around 2-3 minutes. You could even try recording yourself and listening back. This way you can spot any mistakes you are making in your delivery and fix them before the interview.

Prepare for the unexpected

It’s common for interviewers to ask oddball questions, designed to test how you react under pressure. “If you could be remembered for one sentence, what would it be?” This was a genuine interview question asked by Google. Quite often these questions aren’t actually as bizarre as they sound. If you find yourself faced with a strange question, don’t panic. Answering with confidence could set you apart from other candidates. Don’t dwell for too long. Think about what they are really asking and answer as best you can.

Ask questions

Consider your own questions to ask the interviewer. Ask questions about the working environment, your team or your manager and build an understanding of the company’s values.

Always say thank you

As a final way of standing out, follow up your interview with a phone call or an email, thanking the interviewer for their time. Show that you’re grateful and serious about getting this job.

Follow these tips for making a great first impression in your next interview and you should be well on the way to landing your perfect job. Check out CV-Library for more career advice and job opportunities.


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