Applicant Interview Tips
Coming face to face with a prospective employer can be daunting. The more prepared you are, the better your chances.
Listed below are some helpful tips on how to have a successful interview...
Prior to Interview
Before you go to an interview you need to prepare. Do as much "homework" on the company as you can to find out about the
business they are in. Most companies will have a website containing lots of information. If not use more traditional methods such as the local
library or simply call and ask them to send you some information.
Make sure you have a full understanding of all the duties and skills required within the role. Re-familiarise yourself with your CV
and be prepared to describe your previous roles and responsibilities. Be prepared to describe how you meet the requirements of the position
you will be interviewed for.
Always ensure you know exactly where your interview will take place and give yourself plenty of time to get there. If possible, do a trial run a few days
prior to the interview to make sure you know exactly how much time you will need to get there. Be mindful of travelling during rush hour as this
can sometimes double your travelling time.
Make sure you know the name(s) of the person or people interviewing you. Check beforehand if you need to take anything with you
or if any assessments will be taking place.
Dressing for an Interview
Recruitment decisions are based on several different factors, but it is worth remembering that first impressions count. You should dress
appropriately for the position you are applying for. Listed below are some tips on how to dress for an interview:
Wear a business-like suit in a conservative colour
Clean, unscuffed shoes
Clothes are clean and crisply ironed
Hair is clean and neatly styled
Keep perfume/aftershave to a minimum
Remove facial piercings and keep jewellery to a minimum
During the Interview
Always be polite and friendly to everyone that you meet and if appropriate, make conversation with the reception staff.
When you enter the room, stand up straight, smile and give your interviewer a firm handshake.
Don't get flustered, speak clearly and calmly.
Remember that an interview is a two-way process.
If you don't fully understand a question, ask for it to be repeated. If you can't answer a question because you don't have the relevant
experience, try to give an answer that is as close as possible to what they are looking for.
Keep to the point and answer the question that has been asked. Don't get sidetracked and go off the point.
If you feel that you have not bee asked enough questions or feel you need to further express your suitability for the role, ask them if you can tell
them more about yourself and possibly ask a couple of questions that are relevant to the company and the position.
If appropriate, ask how many other people are being interviewed for the position, what the next stage will be and when you can expect to
hear from them.
Finally, thank your interviewer for their time, smile and give them a firm handshake.
After the Interview
Contact your consultant as quickly as you can to give them your feedback. Interviews are a two-way process and we need to know how
you feel the interview went and how you feel about the role.
If possible, write to the person who interviewed you thanking them for their time and reaffirming your interest in the position.
Not only is this good business etiquette, it will make them think about you again and it might give you the competitive edge.
Whilst it is an opportunity for the interviewer to asses your suitability to the company, it is also an opportunity for you to find out if the company is suitable for you.
Don't get too flustered, remember to be polite, smile and try to relax.
Interview Do's and Dont's
Do prepare fully for your interview
Do feel comfortable with your clothes but be smart and business-like
Do smile and be polite to everyone you meet
Do make sure you get there on time, if you are late make sure you call to let them know
Do think positive and relax
Don't be rude or offhand to anyone you meet
Don't take critical comments about former employers
Don't tell lies as you'll nearly always be found out
Don't underplay your achievements, sell yourself
Frequently Asked Questions
Most interviewers will ask some similar basic questions. Prior to the interview you should already be thinking about the questions you might
be asked and how you will respond to them. Listed below are some examples of some typical interview questions. If you can, try and familiarise
yourself with these and how you might respond; you'll be ready to answer them in a calm and positive manner...
Tell me about yourself
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What are the main responsibilities in your current role?
What do you must enjoy about your current role?
Do you enjoy working as an individual or part of a team?
Can you describe a time when you've faced a difficult challenge and how you overcame it?
What interested you in this position?
What skills could you bring to this position?
Why do you want to change your current company and role?
The COMPANY has selected YOU... so you are half way there - Relax and Good Luck!