Preparation is key for a successful interview.
Here are our tips to assist you for your interview:
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Do your research about the company. Google the company and find out what they do and who they are. What is their culture, their vision and mission statement? Doing your homework will assist you to be more prepared to answer questions. It also shows that you are truly interested in the position you’re applying for. Look for career progression in their website. Find something that will create a good talking point for your future in their business. (refer to our case study)
Practice your questions
Prior to the interview, think about the questions you may be asked and practice your responses. What are your strengths and weaknesses? How can you add value to the company? What experience have you had that you can bring to this position? Why are you applying for this position? Remember, you must confidently talk about yourself.
Don’t be late
Being late is not a good way to start off your interview. Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the set interview time. This way you can sit down for a moment, take a breather, get a feel for the business and complete any applications forms there may be.
First impressions are everything
Make sure to dress appropriately for the position you are applying for. Make sure you are clean, tidy and presentable.
Come prepared for the interview
Bring a notebook and pen, your resume and any certificates or supporting material you have. Especially any awards or great work you have done in the past.
Have good body language
Always keep eye contact with the person you are speaking with, and smile. Good interviewers can read body language.
Ensure you listen to the questions asked and answer the specific questions. Don’t steer off the question. If they ask you a question you don’t know, say to the interviewer, “that’s a great question” while you try and think about how you will respond. Don’t be afraid to also get them to elaborate more on the questions as that demonstrates engagement and you want to respond properly to their question.
Don’t lie or give false information. If you break the trust, its all over in your interview.
No yes/ no answers
Don’t give yes/no answers, remember the interviewer is trying to find out more about you.
Keep it positive
Don’t bring up remuneration in the first interview unless there is real positivity with your potential employer in the interview. The verbal and non-verbal language must be positive.
Have questions ready to ask at the interview. Make sure you research and review the company before you go in. Ask questions about the role and or the company that’s specific and relevant. Don’t be afraid to ask what the next step of the recruitment process is? You need to close the interview off with another outcome. That’s sales!
Thank your interviewer and leave a lasting impression
At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity, and that you look forward to hearing back from them. Farewell with a strong handshake.