It is essential that you are totally prepared for that all important interview; doing the background work ahead of the interview will give you the confidence to excel in what could potentially be a highly stressful situation. Below are some hints and tips that may help you get that job:
- In the days leading up to the interview, ensure you do your research on the company you are about to see. Look on the internet, look at the company, understand exactly what they do, who their competitors are, their USB’s, their structure, anything that is pertinent to the position you are applying for. Try and digest as much information as you can about the business.
- Ensure you are totally familiar with the Job Description. Read through your CV and compare with the Job Description to establish synergies; then present these strengths at the interview.
- Ensure you take copies of your CV and prepare a brief presentation outlining your credentials, ie., how you would be of benefit to the Company, ideas of how you can enhance your position. Even if you do not present it; leave it behind for them to look at after you have left.
- Dress should always be business suit (it is advisable for men to wear ties).Ensure that your shoes are clean, keep jewellery, make-up and scent to a minimum.
- Plan your route. Check you know where you are going. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time, allow for any delays, aim to get to the company 10 minutes prior to the interview time.
- Do not smoke or drink prior to going in to the interview.
- Turn off your mobile phone.
- Shake hands with the interviewer, wait for them to show you the way, wait to be asked to sit down.
- Always look at the interviewer, make eye contact with whoever you are speaking to.
- Take a considered approach to the questions you are asked. Do not leap in with a rushed response, speak clearly, and take your time, pausing if necessary. Do not ramble, be concise, and be honest.
- Do not fidget, looked interested, take everything in, do not wander, ie., stare out of the window, look at your watch, fiddle with your hair, sit straight and concentrate on the interviewer/s.
- If asked about previous employers do not be negative, but be prepared to discuss why you left previous positions.
- Always ask some of your prepared questions ie., the structure of the company, what they consider to be key qualities they are looking for, promotion opportunities, when do they expect to make a decision.
Typical Interview Questions
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why should we employ you?
- What do you know about the position we have advertised?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Considering this position which part of the job will you struggle with the most and why?
- Are you a team player?
- How do you work on your own?
- Upon completion of the interview thank all those present for the opportunity.