Dying for that new job but worried about how you will come across on the day? Don’t be afraid, follow our 13 wicked tips to pull off a killer interview:
Make sure you conduct some thorough background research on the company before your interview. It is really important that you are aware of exactly what the company does as the interviewer is highly likely to ask what you know about them. Company websites should be your first port of call to gain as much information as you can in order to impress your interviewers.
Have questions ready
Prepare any questions for the interview in advance as the interviewer is likely to ask if you have any questions at the end of the interview. Asking questions shows interest, people skills and emotional intelligence. Demonstrate that you are knowledgeable about the company and ask relevant questions to show that you have prepared for the interview.
Plan your route
Know where you are going and if possible do a trial run to the company beforehand.
Don’t be late by trying to find the company as it shows you are disorganised and have failed to plan. It is better to be early than late, although don’t arrive too early, 10 minutes before is fine.
Know your CV
Read through both your CV and the job description beforehand and make connections to your relevant skills and attributes – the interviewer will ask you questions around your CV so be prepared to explain your reasons for leaving each job in a positive light.
Ensure you always wear business attire irrelevant of what role you are going for. First impressions last! If you are not smart enough initially this could go against you, so dress in a professional manner to show that you are taking your job search seriously and that you have a professional attitude to your work.
Make a note of who you are seeing and know who you need to ask for. Anyone you meet from this moment forward may directly or indirectly influence the final decision maker therefore ensure you are polite to the receptionist, secretary etc. Take a copy of your CV with you so you can go through it with the interviewer. If you smoke try not to smoke before you go into the interview.
Be aware of how you sit during the interview and ensure you have good posture. Many candidates can jeopardise their chances because they look disinterested, but positive, open body language will make sure this doesn’t happen. Shake hands firmly with your interviewer and smile; your initial greeting, as with your presentation, will create an important first impression. Maintain eye contact and if there is more than one person present during the interview, which is often the case, ensure you respond to both parties when answering questions to show you can build relationships.
Be yourself, confidently
During the interview be confident, be yourself and be enthusiastic. The client has taken the time out to read your CV and has put time aside to interview you so they are obviously interested in what you have to offer.
Manners are free
Remain courteous throughout the interview and try not to use slang or abbreviated words. You are looking to show the interviewer that you are motivated and that you will be a good fit for their team and organisation.
Show your strengths
During the interview you should look to convey your accomplishments and strengths and relate them to the role you are going for. You will need to focus on the positives and steer clear of any negatives, be it previous managers or previous positions, as this can really go against you at interview.
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Avoid answering just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers and instead give well though-out relevant answers. Do not underestimate your abilities if you have not had previous work experience – relate the questions to your studies instead i.e. working to deadlines – course deadlines etc. Be careful not to oversell yourself and come across as over confident.
Sometimes people actually forget to listen to the questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for something to be repeated if you don’t understand or need clarification and take time to consider your answer.
Be prepared to answer the question: “Why do you want this job?”
The interviewer is very likely to ask you why you are interested in the job and be able to explain clearly and articulately about why you are well suited and what skills you can bring to the position.
Charmaine’s extensive recruitment career started in 2001. Heading up our IT Recruitment Division, Charmaine has an uncanny knack of sourcing uniquely skilled talent for our clients and this is coupled with a tenacity and a great work ethic resulting in many recruitment success stories. Her ability to stay calm when …