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How to increase your chances of landing the job

Stop relying solely on your CV and skills.

The connection you build with the hiring manager can make or break your chances.

It’s about how you make them feel during and after the interview.

Follow these tips for how to do it the right way.

#1: Don’t treat it like a job interview

Of course, be professional & take it seriously but focus on building a relationship.

Employers want someone who can do the job and gel with them and the team.

See it as a regular everyday interaction, like you’re talking to a new friend. Find the balance between professional and friendly.

#2: Be conversational

Not all interviews start with “Tell me about yourself”. Often it’s a simple “How’s it going?”

But don’t just respond with a boring “Good, thanks”.

Share a little about your day or week and show enthusiasm (but keep it brief). It’ll help you stand out.

#3: The power of a thank you note

Always send a “thank you” email after the interview. Either the day of or the day after.

Keep it positive and brief, reminding them of what you discussed and your interest in the role.

See the next page for an example template.


Thank you email

Hi [Hiring Manager’s name],

Thank you for your time the other day. It was great to meet you, and I’m excited to see how your project [project discussed] goes!

As I mentioned, I believe my background from [previous jobs] and [skills] will be valuable to this role because [reasons]. I look forward to continuing the conversation with your team.

Again, I really appreciate your time and consideration! Please let me know if you have any further questions for me.

Kind regards

[Your name]


It makes it more personal

This gesture personalises your interaction with the hiring manager. It shows your appreciation for the opportunity and reinforces your interest in the job and company.

If you need help preparing for your next interview. Get in touch with the team – we’re here to help.

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