Mastering The Interview Game: Unleashing The Inner Maverick!


Hey, job-hoppers and career climbers of Northern Ireland! Ready to leave the ol’ 9-to-5 grind behind and leap into a fresh, new opportunity? If the answer is a resounding “Yes!”, you’ve clicked on the right link. Here’s your golden ticket to outsmarting (in a friendly way) your interviewer. Let’s game on!

1. Dress To Impress, Not Stress

Wearing a chicken costume might be a memorable move, but unless you’re applying to be a mascot, stick to attire that shouts “professional” not “poultry.” But make sure you are fitting your own style I know we all at one point had that interview jacket in the cupboard but you know as well as I do that even the thought of putting that on adds stress to your day.  Pick clothes from your wardrobe you wear regularly that are are in the smart casual side,  that way your not uncomfortable and thinking about the clothes your wearing.

2. The Early Bird Gets The Worm, The Late One…

Well, just gets weird looks in the hallway. Strive to arrive around 10-15 minutes early. But if you arrive 2 hours early, resist the urge to camp outside their office with a tent and marshmallows. If you are traveling into Belfast city centre remember to check translinks time table if you are traveling by public transport or if you are driving try to do a dry run about the same time a few days before so you know what the traffic is going to be like and where you are going to park.

3. Research, Research, Research

A bit of detective work (minus the magnifying glass) about the company’s mission and values can go a long way. Mentioning these in your answers? Instant brownie points!

4. The STAR Technique

No, not about becoming an overnight Hollywood sensation. Answer competency-based questions using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique. It’s structured, organized, and shows you’re the real superstar.

5. Mirror, Mirror

Non-verbal cues speak volumes. Mirroring the positive body language of your interviewer helps build rapport. But remember, if they scratch their nose, it’s not an invitation for a nose-picking competition.

6. Be A Storyteller

Got achievements? Share them as stories! Narratives are engaging, memorable, and can show you’re not just a resume, but a dynamic character in the epic of work-life. This is especially true here in Northern Ireland,  people really invest in people here more than anywhere else, so metion your hobbies. Do you volenteer in your local church youth group or do you play GAA at the weekend?

7. Ask Killer Questions

Towards the end, when they say, “Any questions?”, resist the urge to ask about the office’s UFO sighting policies. Instead, ask about company culture, future projects, or team dynamics. Shows you care!

8. The Portrait Power Play

Now, here’s a show-stopper: A professional headshot portrait. Why? Because in this digital age, your first impression might not be face-to-face, but screen-to-screen. A clear, professional photo says, “I’m serious about my career and I mean business.” Plus, let’s be honest, that selfie with your cat, Mr. Whiskers, might not radiate the utmost professionalism. That’s where we come in. Let us help you make your way to the top of the interviewer list.  People invest in people after all so what better way to stand out than to have a fab photograph of yourself on your CV to stand out.  We’ve shot thousands of headshot Photographs over the years – for models, executives, professionals, lecturers, directors, actors, accountants, priests… you name it! Our sessions all take place in our state-of-the-art headshot portrait studio in Belfast. In-fact, all the images you see throughout this post are taken by us… at our studio! The best bit about our sessions is that you see the images as they’re being taken on our large TV screen. So you can make sure you are happy as we go along. We’ve loads of different background and colours too. You can even change your outfit as many times as you like. It’s a really relaxed experience, and we take as much time as it needs to get it right.

Alright, folks! Armed with these tips, you’re ready to dazzle and shine in your next interview. Dive into the world of opportunities with confidence, charm, and of course, that snazzy new portrait of yours. Wishing you all the best in your quest to boss that interview!

Even better… Book your headshot photography session with us BEFORE THE END OF SEPTEMBER 2023, and we’ll give you 25% off! Now if there was ever an excuse to get at it and get a new headshot photo then this is it! Scroll down to book yours…


About Graham

Graham Crichton is an award winning professional portrait photographer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. With 17 years of experience and having photographed thousands of people and their pets.

About Hannah

Hannah Crichton is married to Graham (yay) and is the Brand Manager at the studio. Hannah's expertise is in social media and making everything run ticketyboo. She's a Tiktok wizard and loves a good dog pun!

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