Research and Prepare
Be prepared- preparation is key!
Before you attend any interview it goes without saying you should be well groomed, neat and tidy you want to impress. Avoid running late, prepare your outfit the evening before.
Make sure you know exactly where you are going and have your route planned; you don’t want to be late because you haven’t prepared and are lost.
Research the company you are attending interview with. Employers respect the fact that you have taken an interest. They don’t expect you to know the full history of the company but it shows a keen interest to know the company background.
Understand the role you are interviewing for.
Think of the sort of questions you may be asked and then think of the sort of answers you would give. Some of the easiest answers can seem the hardest when on the spot.
Think of anything you would like to know about the company or the role and write it down, take a copy to the interview and at some point you will be asked if you have any questions this way you won’t forget what you want to know in the heat of the moment.
Take along a copy of your CV and any qualifications or certificates of achievement. The employer may have already received these, however, it is always nice to take a copy along.
Be confident believe in yourself you’ve got this far Employers time can be very precious you have done well to be at interview stage.
Glide through your Interview
When you arrive at the interview be confident shake hands firmly. If you are given an application form or written information to complete remember to be neat and complete in full. If your not sure of something ask don’t cross out on the paper it looks messy. Be confident speak loud and clearly don’t mumble. You may be asked some of the following questions so prepare beforehand:
Tell me about yourself:
Be informative but to the point, you may want to give the interviewer a brief overview of yourself and your hobbies and interests but don’t give your life story. Describe your career to date highlighting your strengths from each job explaining how those skills will benefit this role you are interviewing for.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Highlight a few strengths relevant to the position these strengths should ideally be from a working environment but you could use life skills. Try to consider one weakness you have had but explain how you have overcome it in past roles.
Why are you leaving your current employer?
Never ever be negative about a past employer it is not professional and may hinder your chances. Give an informative reason, try to rehearse this before you attend that way you are prepared. Remember your questions and don’t be afraid to ask this is a two way interview and the employer will be looking for your interest. Once you have asked all the questions you need ask the employer if there is anything else they would like to know, from you this will raise any unanswered questions they may have.
Remember your questions and don’t be afraid to ask this is a two way interview and the employer will be looking for your interest. Once you have asked all the questions you need ask the employer if there is anything else they would like to know, from you this will raise any unanswered questions they may have.
If you are interested then…
Don’t be afraid to ask how you have got on and if the employer thinks you are suitable. Is there any feedback they can give you? Always try to close for the job or if there are 2nd interviews try to get a date and time to return.