Interview Tips

 

So you have caught an employer’s attention with your CV and next up is the interview. The interview is your chance to show the employer why you are the right person for the job so it is crucial that you are prepared.

Below are some tips on how to prepare for an interview and what you can do during the interview. Many of these tips can be used for a phone interview too.

 

 

 

Before the Interview:

Find out what your interview will involve – in some interviews there may be an exam or presentation so you will need to prepare material if this is the case.

Learn about the company – it is important that you learn about the company so that you can demonstrate an understanding for what they do and answer questions in a way that will be applicable to the role.

Know where you are going – It sounds so simple but being late to an interview can be very off putting to a potential employer. Make sure you know where you are going and how long it will take you to get there.

Practice makes perfect – Talk to friends and family who have been to interviews before and get them to ask you interview questions. Better still, call us and we can help you to prepare for an interview and even do a practice interview if you like.
Common questions that you may be asked are:

 

-   Why do you want this job?

-   Why are you the right person for this job?

-   What are your strengths and weaknesses?

-   What do you know about the company?

Have some questions of your own – This is where learning about the company comes in. If you have a couple of questions about the job or company don’t be afraid to ask them.

 

Dress to Impress – As the old saying goes "You only get one chance to make a first impression” So make sure you dress smartly and appropriately.

 

Take your CV with you- Sometimes the interviewer may not have bought your details with them so always have a copy of your CV with you. If you have any ID this may be handy too as they may ask for a copy of it.

 

 Keep an eye on the clock!- It is crucial that you aren’t late. Aim to arrive 15 minutes early so that you can have a few minutes to have a breather and not be rushing around!

 

Turn your phone off – You don’t want any distractions or embarrassing ring tones to ruin your interview!

 

At the Interview:

         Manners go a long way – Be polite and courteous to everyone in the company, the people you talk to may the people making all the decisions.

         Have a good handshake – try not to be carrying lots of items in your hands (your CV, a bottle of water, a notepad, pens etc) as this could be awkward when you need to shake hands with the interviewer.

         Keep eye contact – It is not always easy to maintain eye contact, especially when you are nervous but be conscious that avoiding eye contact can show nerves and lack of confidence

         Take your time – Don’t be worried about taking a few seconds to think of your response to a question. If you don’t understand the question, ask politely for more information.

         Ask your own questions – Have a couple of questions about the company or the role as this shows that you have taken an interest in the company.

         Be enthusiastic – If you want the job, tell them! Let them know that you want to work there and why you think you would be good for the role.

         Ask what the next steps are – This will show that you are keen and will also give you an idea of what to expect next. Some companies will want a second interview, others won’t, so it is important that you know what will happen next.