Before the interview
- Do your homework. Know a bit about the company, and 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.