Interview Hints & Tips
Few things in life are as stressful as being interviewed for a job. Therefore, make the most of the opportunity you have been given by ensuring that you are well prepared for your upcoming interview.
Before the interview
- Do your research – researching the company before the interview will give you the edge. Find out as much information about the company- services, customers, products etc. by consulting the website and other sources. The more you know, the better your chances are to sell yourself.
- Spend some time thinking about why you would be interested in working for the company and why you would be a good fit within the company
- Plan your route carefully, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays. Get everything you need to take with you ready the night before
- Parking – ensure that you know where you will need to park. Some companies may have parking garages that may not necessarily be in the same block as the offices. Ensure that you know where this is. You have to allow enough time to park and get to the offices
- Telephone numbers – ensure that you have contact details handy just in case you may have a problem with security access etc.
- Ensure that you know the name, surname and designation of the person you will be meeting
On the day
- Look the part – Dress appropriately and act professionally at all times
- It is always a good idea to have hard copy of your CV with you
- Make sure your mobile phone is switched off
- Show enthusiasm – a firm handshake and eye contact demonstrates confidence. Speak clearly and distinctly in a confident voice even if you are feeling nervous
- If you are unsure of what a question or comment means, ask for clarification
- You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions. I.e. strengths and weaknesses etc.
- Ask questions – many interviewees don´t ask questions and miss the opportunity to find out valuable information. Your questions will indicate an interest in the company. Also ensure that your questions are relevant to the position and role
- Do not broach the topic of salary unless the interviewer brings it up
- At the end of your interview, thank the interviewer for their time