Interview tips

Preparation for the interview

  • Know the exact time and location of your interview, allowing time for unforseen delays
  • Ensure you know the correct spelling, title and pronunciation of the interviewer
  • Research the company’s website before attending the interview so you are fully informed of their products/services, history, financial position, office locations this will also enable you to ask intelligent questions
  • Refresh your memory on your current and past employers
  • Review the position description and selection criteria for the position

Presentation

  • Dress appropriately for the industry, err on the side of being conservative to show you take the interview seriously
  • Ensure your personal grooming is impeccable
  • Do not wear too much makeup, jewellery or perfume
  • Do not wear novelty neckties or socks
  • Ensure your shoes are polished

Do’s in an Interview

  • Plan to arrive on time or a few minutes early, late arrival for an interview is inexcusable and immediately puts you at a disadvantage
  • Treat anyone you meet within the company with courtesy and respect, their opinion might be solicited during hiring decisions
  • Offer a firm handshake, make eye contact and have a friendly expression when you are greeted by your interviewer
  • Maintain good eye contact during the interview
  • Exhibit a positive attitude
  • Listen carefully and seek clarification if you do not understand something the interviewer has said
  • Sit still in your seat, maintain good posture and avoid fidgeting or slouching
  • Respond to questions and back up your statements about yourself with specific examples whenever possible
  • Be thorough in your responses, while being concise with your wording
  • Ask for clarification if you do not understand a question
  • Exhibit a positive attitude and behave like someone you would want to work with, the interviewer is evaluating you as a potential co-worker

Don’ts in an interview

  • Do not be unprepared for an interview
  • Do not be aggressive, overbearing or opinionated in the interview
  • Do not talk over the interviewer
  • Do not show a lack of enthusiasm or interest
  • Do not smoke prior to attending an interview
  • Avoid chewing gum or mints in an interview
  • Avoid irritating habits such as twisting hair, clicking pens, tapping pencils, fidgeting with business cards, foot swirling
  • Avoid making derogatory remarks about current and past employees
  • Do not lie
  • Do not ask about salary, bonuses or holidays in the first interview
  • Do not have your mobile phone switched on

Questions that you may get asked

  • Why would you like to work for our company
  • What are your long term goals
  • What style of management gets the best from you
  • What interests you about our products/services
  • What have you learned from your previous positions
  • Which position have you liked the most and why
  • What areas do you feel you can improve on
  • What are your greatest strengths
  • What does team work mean to you
  • How do you like to unwind in your spare time

Questions to Ask

  • The reason for the position becoming available
  • What is the company culture like
  • What is involved in the induction and training of new staff
  • What is the next step of the interview process

Closing the Interview

  • If you are interested in the position make the interviewer aware of this
  • If you are offered the position on the spot however would like some time to think it over with family or friends, let the interviewer aware of this and give them a time and date that you will get back to them
  • Thank the interviewer for their time and ensure you offer a firm handshake and a friendly smile

After the Interview

  • Always call your Consultant after an interview, ideally your Consultant will like to talk to you before talking with the interviewer