Interview Tips

Job Interview Tips

  • Do your homework first. Make sure you understand the job description and what the employer is looking for
  • Understand how your skills and experience fit the job description
  • Prepare ideas on how you will contribute to the employer’s organisation
  • Be honest about what training you may need and be enthusiastic to receive any that’s provided
  • Visit the employer’s website before your interview as it may provide some useful information that you can refer to in your interview
  • Find out what you can about the company’s products
  • Find out the name and position of the interviewer
  • Find out the format of the interview – is it with one person, a panel of people, does it involve any assessment exercises
  • Plan some questions to ask, e.g. Development opportunities, department structure. This is your chance to find out more about the job and employer too
  • Make sure you take any qualification certificates or documents that are asked for
  • Plan your journey carefully, make sure you know how to get to the interview and how long it will take and allow for delays
  • Arrive in good time – 15-10 minutes early is advisable to give yourself some time to compose yourself
  • First impressions count, so make sure you wear appropriate clothes and shoes and your appearance is smart and well-presented
  • Be confident and offer a strong handshake when you meet the interviewer/s
  • Take the interviewer’s lead on when to sit down
  • Be positive about your past work experience. Talk about what you’ve learned, rather than what was difficult
  • At the end of the interview ask if there are any areas that they would like clarification or further detail on
  • Make sure you know what happens next before you leave, when you can expect to hear from them, will there be second interviews
  • Thank them for their time and interest and assure them of your own

  • Put your coat or bag on the desk
  • Chew gum during your interview
  • Interrupt the interviewer while he or she is talking
  • Ask about salary and benefits at the first interview, unless prompted
  • Talk negatively or criticise previous roles and employers

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