- Within the first two minutes of the interview, the interviewer will already have made a judgment of you – make it a positive one.
- Remember you are attending a formal interview and wear traditional rather than fashionable clothes. Smart casual is not acceptable.
- This contributes significantly to the credibility of what people say and so it is very important to get it right.
- Shake hands firmly, make eye contact and appear enthusiastic, friendly and confident and Smile!
- Check the date, time and venue of interview. Be aware who will be conducting the interview.
- Don’t be late, allow for traffic hold-ups and time to find a parking space.
- Have the phone number of the company with you. If there is an unavoidable delay, phone the company or your consultant, and explain the situation.
- Make sure you know your CV inside out, including dates and qualifications.
- You only get an interview if the employer believes you can do the job and, to reach the interview stage, you have already been selected from a considerable number of other candidates.
- Look at the role that you are applying for and list all the technical skills and personal traits that are vital to the job. Be able to pick out specific examples from your past that highlight these qualities. Paint a vivid picture for the interviewer by giving him specifics rather than generalisations, as this will prove to the interviewer that you have what it takes to do the job well.
- Be prepared to demonstrate that you will go the extra mile in order to succeed. Have examples ready of when you went beyond the call of duty in order to ensure the success of a project or task.
PRIOR TO THE INTERVIEW
- Research as much as you can about the company, including looking at their website, reading media articles and speaking with anyone you know who has worked there.
- Plan your route, ensure you know exactly where the interview is being held and allow sufficient time to get there.
- Read through your CV ensuring that you can supply more information if the interviewer needs it.
- Where a job description has been supplied ensure you have read it carefully. Have the confidence that you are technically qualified to do the job. Ensure that you can meet the criteria, and have examples from previous roles that prove this.
- Try to anticipate questions you may be asked and have answers prepared in advanced by practicing with someone before your interview.
- Turn off your mobile phone before the interview.
- Answer the question that is asked and do not volunteer irrelevant information.
- Keep your answers concise and concentrate on the facts not opinions.
- Speak clearly and confidently and do not allow yourself to be discouraged.
- Constantly remind yourself that you have something to sell and focus on how you can make a positive contribution in the role.
- Lie, pretend or give evasive answers.
- Lose your temper, get flustered or panic.
- Criticise your current or previous employers.
- What did you dislike about your old job?
- Why are you leaving your present job?
- How much do you know about our organisation?
- What positions of responsibility have you held?
- Why should we choose you/What do you have to offer us?
- What direction do you see your career taking in 5 years time?
- What is the biggest challenge you have faced?
- How would you describe yourself?
- What are your strengths?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- What motivates you?
- What is the most difficult situation you have dealt with?
- Give me examples of when you have had to work under pressure?
- You seem to have had a number of jobs in a very short space of time?
- “I wanted to experience as many different working environments as possible, before deciding which one was right for me”
- Why is this position available?
- What are the major tasks and responsibilities?
- What kind of training is provided?
- What is the growth potential for this position in a few years from now?
- When is a decision likely to be made regarding the position?
- If you feel the interview went well, ask when and if second interviews will take place.
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