The Interview - Basic Tips
Congratulations – you have made it through to the job interview!
The fact that you have been requested for a job interview is very positive and suggests that the employer believes you may have the skills to undertake the role. You must now make the most of a ‘face-to-face’ meeting to be successful.
Remember though that the interview should not be all one sided. This process will also help you determine whether this position matches your career development path and aspirations.
The job interview is one of the most important parts of the job search process and one of the most stressful. It doesn’t need to be – preparation is the key. Review these interview tips, prepare well in advance and practice them with a friend.
Your consultant will be able to provide you with a job specification, the departmental structure and information around the background of the company. This information can be vital as it is objective, impartial and confidential.
Ask your consultant to confirm what form the interview will take – is it a one-on-one or a panel interview? Will there be a test to assess your skills? What are the core behavioural competencies of the role?
Find out as much additional information as you can about the company and the scope of the role. As a minimum, make sure you visit the prospective employer’s website and review the key areas. Your effort will show in the interview - make sure you link this in with your own skills and achievements this is where you will show solid examples of how you can add value and why you are the most suitable person for the job.
Understand what the company produces and the equipment used, or if it is a service company, who their customers are and the type of service provided.
Do not be late! Punctuality gives an insight to your attitude and behaviour. Research well in advance the company address and your travel / parking options.
Appearance - First impressions count!
Dress down policies may be becoming the norm, but make sure you stick to a smart suit. You will be judged on your attitude as well as your appearance. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and thank them for making the time to meet with you.
The ‘Behavioural Interview’ technique:
This is where the question requires you to provide an actual example from your own work or life experience. Use solid examples to answer questions, this will address the criteria directly and demonstrate to your interviewer that you have the experience to do the job.
Questions will start with words such as "Tell me about a time when..." or "Give me an example of ...". The technique is built on the theory that best predictor of future performance is past performance.
Be yourself and speak clearly and enthusiastically about your experiences. Listen carefully and make sure that you answer the question that is asked.
Be positive about your reason/s for leaving your current position and never speak badly of past supervisors or employers under any circumstances.
When asked about your strengths, make sure they are relevant to the position you are interviewing for and focus on stating the positive facts and what you have learnt from your experiences.
Take the time to think of some relevant and insightful questions to ask. Think hard about what aspects of the job are important to you (for example, are there training opportunities? What are the opportunities for career progression?) – remember this is your opportunity to make sure this is the right job for you.
Closing the Interview:
If you are interested in the position, then let the interviewer know. If you want the position, say something like “I’m very impressed with what I have seen here today; your company; your products and the people I have met. I am confident that I could do an excellent job in this position”
If you get the impression that the interview has not gone well, then don’t let your disappointment or frustrations show through. A positive response may act as a strong message to your interviewer regarding your abilities to navigate through a less than ideal scenario.
Be prepared to provide a list of referees who can vouch for your abilities.
Thank the interviewer for his/her time and consideration and seek confirmation as to what the next process is from here.
GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR INTERVIEWS!!