top tips for interview
You rarely get a second chance to create a good first impression, so in brief:
- Be prepared and know your CV
- Do some company research
- Dress smartly
- Arrive on time
- Have some questions prepared
Before the interview
- Ensure you have a full job description and are aware of the format that the interview will take.
- Do some company research. The company website is a great place to start. You may well be asked what you know about the company, so impress the interviewer with your knowledge i.e.: What the company does, how long they have been established, the size, structure, turnover, competitors, their market and aims for the future.
- Ensure you know where the company is and ideally do a “dummy run”. Always allow additional time for unavoidable delays. Arriving late or flustered does not create a good impression.
- Check the time of the interview and who will be interviewing you.
On the day
- Take a contact number with you.
- Dress appropriately – a suit is usually a “must” for interviews and portrays professionalism.
- Ensure you are well groomed and tidy and that you are not chewing gum.
The interview is a two-way process and also an opportunity to ensure that the job and company are right for you.
Here are some top tips:
- SMILE! Ensure you come across as friendly, approachable and enthusiastic.
- Be polite to all staff you meet – you never know, they could well influence the recruitment process
- Listen carefully to questions and allow the interviewer to finish speaking before responding
- Don’t worry about pausing before you answer a question as this shows you are considering it seriously.
- Where possible, give practical evidence of any statements you make
- Never criticise former employers
- Maintain eye contact, relax and show interest in what the interviewer says
Be prepared for questions such as:
- What do you know about our company?
- What interests you most about the role?
- Why should we appoint you?
- What is important to you in a role?
- What was your greatest success in your last position?
- How would your Manager or colleagues describe you?
You will usually have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview – think about what is important to you, but some questions might be:
- What training can I expect on joining your company?
- Are there any drawbacks to my application?
- How many candidates are you interviewing for this role?
- When will you be making a decision?
- Make sure you have confirmed your interest in the job.
- Conclude the interview with a handshake, remembering to thank the interviewer for their time.
After the interview contact your consultant and let them know how the interview went.