Before the interview:
- Research the company
- Check the address and plan your route
- Dress appropriately
- Prepare extra copies of your CV to take
- Take a note pad and a spare pen or pencil just in case, but avoid taking copious notes at the interview
- Turn off your mobile phone
- Think about your key skills, competences and achievements
- Think about what your objectives are
Anticipate questions and prepare some responses, here are some questions you may be asked:
- Tell me about yourself
- What are/were your primary responsibilities in your current/previous vacancy?
- What is your current/last salary package?
- Why did you leave/are you considering leaving?
- What are your main accomplishments in this position?
- Describe a typical workday
- What are your weaknesses?
- What are your career goals?
- What are your short-term/long-term objectives?
- What is your management style?
- What was the most challenging aspect of your job?
- What are you looking for now?
- What other kinds of positions have you applied for recently?
- What do you know about us?
- Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others?
- How would you describe your personality?
- Describe a major goal you set and what steps you took to reach it?
- What steps do you take to overcome a problem?
- How would your managers describe you?
- Describe a time when you have had a conflict with a colleague. How did you overcome it?
Plan some of your own questions (2 or 3 maximum). Ensure they are relevant to your application. This may be covered at the end of your interview, and you will want it to end on a positive note.
At the interview:
- First impressions. A firm handshake, with an enthusiastic greeting and a good amount of eye contact and a brief self-introduction should make a good first impression
- Keep your right hand free, as this is the hand that you will greet your interviewer with
- Be polite to the support staff you meet including those at a recruiter. They count too and may influence a decision in your favour
- Break the ice. In most interviews small talk will fill the small gap before the point of getting down to business
During the interview:
- Let the interviewer lead the conversation early on
- Try not to monopolise the meeting
- Keep an attitude of ‘what can I do for the company’
- Stress your positive points that are relevant
- Talk about what appeals and what you can offer
- Keep your replies simple
- Don’t make unnecessary negative remarks about current or former employers
- Look interested, smile, nod and keep eye contact
- Sit “tall” – do not slump back in the seat
- Don’t fiddle with pens, keys or other objects
- Speak confidently and ensure your body language and gestures are positive and appropriate
Some questions you may want to ask:
- What will be my responsibilities?
- Where will I fit into the overall organisational structure?
- Who will I report to?
- Who are your customers?
- What are the organisation’s future plans?
- What is the potential for career progression in this role?
- Will travelling be required in this position?
- Will relocation be required now or in the future?
- When will you decide on the appointment?
- What is the next step?
- What are the greatest challenges of this position?
- What is the reason for the vacancy?
- How do you think I fit the position?
Closing the interview:
- Let them know you’re interested in the position, and why
- Clarify what the next step is
- Ask them what else they need to know about you
- Summarise why you feel you can do the job
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