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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