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Interview Tips

Next to public speaking, enduring a job interview can be one of the most stressful human experiences.

It is an opportunity for exchanging information and for mutual marketing, assessment and fact finding, conducted according to certain conventions. In particular, an employer (perhaps through a recruiter) assesses your suitability for a position and you market yourself, gain information and try to assess whether you wish to work for this employer.

While you will naturally be nervous, work at using the interview to your advantage. Below are our 'Top 10 Tips' to prepare for an Interview:

INTERVIEW TIPS- TOP 10

  1. BE PREPARED
    • Re-read your CV and the Job Description.
    • Know your story- education, work experience, career goals, interests, transferable skills e.t.c.
    • Practice/ role play!
    • Know the names and positions of the interviewers- utilise LinkedIn.
    • Refresh your memory on the facts of current/ previous employer.
  2. DO YOUR RESEARCH
    • Research the company- For example: - services, products, customers, competition, and company culture. Hot tip - look at their careers pages which gives more info about working for them. Look at recent media articles related to role/ industry.
    • Research yourself- For example: what you have achieved, skills you have developed and demonstrated. This helps you to assess your own strengths and weaknesses and give you confidence. Hot tip- be to walk through your career history and the choices that you have made.
  3. LOOK SHARP
    • Dress professionally- if in doubt go on the more professional side. Males- always wear a tie, even if not required day-to-day.
    • Smart business attire - polished shoes and ironed clothes.
  4. BE ON TIME
    • Never be late!
    • Plan/ know you route to your interview in advance.
    • Don't be more than 10 minutes early for an interview.
  5. SHOW ENTHUSIASM
    • Good handshake.
    • Maintain eye contact- demonstrates confidence and shows you are genuine, interested and self assured.
    • Don't express any negativity on your past role or Manager
  6. BUILD RAPPORT
    • Be friendly and genuine- they are your potential colleagues.
    • Smile- we want to work with people that are fun to be around.
    • Try to relax and show your personality.
    • Make them like you!
  7. LISTEN & ANSWER QUESTIONS
    • One of the most neglected Interview Skills.
    • Listen to the question, pause to think about what is being asked and then provide your answer.
    • Make sure you not only listen, but read between the lines.
    • Get clarification if you are unsure.
    • Expand on answers- not just a yes or no, provide succinct answers.
    • Relate your skills to the position.
    • Be factual.
    • Be self aware- don't over-talk and only give relevant answers to questions asked.
  8. GIVE EXAMPLES
    • Prepare your stories- what you have achieved and the skills you developed/ demonstrated.
    • Past behaviour can indicate future behaviour.
  9. ASK QUESTIONS
    • This shows an interest in the company and role.
    • Possible questions could include:
    • What do you think is the biggest challenge in this role?
    • What are the long term objectives?
    • What support and training is available in this role?
    • What do you enjoy about working here?
    • What makes a great person in your company?
    • If the person says they are fairly new - What is it like to be the new person here?
    • Tip: Don't interview the interviewer!

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