Interviews

Interview Preparation

A job interview gives you a chance to shine. What you say and do will either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention.

A job interview gives you a chance to shine. What you say and do will either move you to the next round of consideration for employment or knock you out of contention.There are a number of Interview methods an organisation may take.  The most common is the face to face interview.  A telephone and video interviews are gaining in popularity, particularly if the you are some distance from the organisation's offices, if the post is for a remote role or particularly for expatriate roles.

It can also be common for the interview process to consist of more than one interview and interview style, such as an initial telephone or video interview followed by a final stage face to face interview ..


Regardless of the interview style lying ahead preparation is key.

Take the time to prepare so you can make the best possible impression at every job interview you go on.

These interview techniques cover all the basics you need to know polish up your interview technique and ace a job interview : 

research

Ensure you undertake research on the Employer, Hiring Manager, and Opportunity.

Success in a job interview starts with a solid foundation of knowledge. You should understand the employer, the job requirements, and the background of the person (or people) interviewing you. The more research you undertake, the more you’ll understand the employer, whether the company and role is suitable for you and the better you’ll be able to answer interview questions (as well as ask relevant questions).

There are several ways to do this, scour the organization’s website and marketing materials such as brochures, search engines, social media, and where possible ask questions about the company in your network of contacts such as current employees.

first impressions

A cardinal rule of interviewing is to be polite and offer warm greetings to everyone you meet from the parking attendant to the receptionist to the hiring manager. Employers often are curious how job applicants treat staff members and your job offer could easily be derailed if you’re rude or arrogant to any of the staff. When it’s time for the interview, keep in mind that first impressions the impression interviewers get in the first few seconds of meeting you can make or break an interview.


Remember that having a positive attitude and expressing enthusiasm for the job and employer are vital in the initial stages of the interview; studies show that hiring managers make critical decisions about job applicants in the first 20 minutes of the interview.

Look the part

Plan out a wardrobe that fits the organization and its culture, striving for the most professional appearance you can accomplish. Remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than under and to wear clothing that fits and is clean and pressed. Keep accessories to a minimum. Try not to smoke or eat right before the interview and if possible, brush your teeth or use mouthwash.

pREPARATION

Another key to interview success is preparing responses to expected interview questions. First, understand what type of interview you can expect. Will it be one-on-one or in a group? Will it be with one person, or will you meet several members of the organization? Your goal is to try to determine what you’ll be asked and to compose detailed yet concise responses that focus on specific examples and accomplishments.

By preparing responses to common interview questions, you’ll ideally avoid long, rambling responses that bore interviewers. Always attempt to keep your interview responses short and to the point. Finally, no matter how much an interviewer might bait you, never badmouth a previous employer, boss, or co-worker. The interview is about you and making your case that you are the ideal candidate for the job.

be On Time

Turning up to an interview just about on time or late is never a great start, out of breath, sweaty and the rush and panic will increase your level of stress beforehand.


Interviews can be stressful, even if you're a pro who has gone on many of them. Turning up early gives you an opportunity to relax and prepare and is also a chance to observe the dynamics of the workplace.
There is no excuse ever for arriving late to an interview. Short of a disaster, strive to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled interview to complete additional paperwork and allow yourself time to get settled.


The day before the interview, pack up extra copies of your resume or CV and reference list. If you have a portfolio or samples of your work, bring those along too. Finally, as you get to the offices, turn off your phone.

ASK QUESTIONS

Studies continually show that employers make a judgement about an applicant’s interest in the job by whether or not the interviewee asks questions. Thus, even if the hiring manager was thorough in his or her discussions about the job opening and what is expected, you ask should few questions. This shows that you have done your research and that you are curious. Ideally prepare questions to ask days before the interview, adding any additional queries that might arise from the interview.

Finally, as the interview winds down, ask about the next steps in the process and the timetable in which the employer expects to use to make a decision about the position.

THANK YOU & FOLLOWING UP

It is common courtesy and politeness to thanking each person who interviewed you. You can do this in person, by email or post.  If you have interviewed via an agency you can email your consultant and request they pass it on. It is best to start the process while at the interview, thanking each person who interviewed you before you leave. Writing thank-you emails or notes shortly after the interview will not get you the job offer, but doing so will certainly give you an edge over any of the other finalists who didn’t bother to send thank-you notes.