Before the interview
- Do your "Homework". Know a bit about the company, what they do? What their philosophy is? Also be familiar with the job description, as you may be questioned on it.
- Know your own CV. As you maybe asked questions about it. If there are time gaps in your CV be prepared to explain these to the interviewer.
- Prepare your outfit. A suit would be appropriate. Make sure hair is clean and tidy and shoes are not scuffed.
- Plan your route to the interview, and allow plenty of time to get there (You don't want to be late!)
- Make sure you know the names of the people or person interviewing you and their position(s)
- Greet the interviewer standing up straight and smiling, then give your interviewer a firm handshake.
- Show a keen interest in the job. You should try to show interest in the job by asking the interviewer a few questions, such as;
- "What training do you provide?"
- "Whom will I be reporting to?"
- "What databases or IT systems do you use?"
- Speak clearly and calmly, try not to get flustered.
- Keep answers to the point, try not to get sidetracked. Although avoid answering just yes or no.
- Be honest in the interview. There is no point lying about your skills or background.
- Don't be negative or criticise previous employers, it’s not professional.
- During the interview, look attentive, maintain eye contact with everyone present and do not slouch. Before leaving the interview, ask the interviewer when they are expecting to make a decision or when you will be asked back for a 2nd interview. Let the employer know you are interested.
- As you leave the interview it is good to reiterate your interest in the position, then shake hands with all present.
Frequently asked questions
- What do you know about us?
- Describe your present duties and responsibilities?
- Why do you want this particular job?
- How would you describe yourself?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Some possible questions to ask the interviewer
- Can you tell me more about the company?
- Can you describe my area of responsibility?
- Is this post a new or existing one?
- Who will I report to?
- Can you show me where I will be working? (Better on a second interview)
- Are there any times when the company/department is busier?
- What are my promotion prospects?
- Do you run any training schemes?
- What hours will I be working?
- Do you have any other branches/offices?
Obviously do not ask all these questions, just select a few which are relevant and you feel comfortable asking.
After the interview
- If the interview was arranged through a recruitment agency, call your recruitment consultant to give them your feedback on how the interview went.
- If possible, write a letter of thanks to your interviewer, thanking them for their time and reaffirming your interest in the position.
- Always be yourself in an interview situation, as a good interviewer will see through a performance
- All the preparation in the world will not guarantee you a job, but it will give you an advantage over those candidates that haven't prepared.
- If you are not successful always ask for feedback as this can be used constructively to help you improve your success for future interviews.