You have secured a job interview for your dream job! How do you guarantee that you perform your best during the interview questions and answers?
Being selected to interview with a company is not a test. It is the opportunity for the client (Line Manager/HR) to find out more about your experience, skill set and personality. It is also an opportunity for you to find out if this is the right role for you and your career. It is essential that you take sometime to prepare, practice and do some research regarding interview tips.
By doing this, you can potentially impress and have the chance to demonstrate why you are the most suitable candidate.
Make sure you dress appropriately for the meeting. Upon meeting the interview/ers, smile and shake hands firmly. Make polite conversation and remember eye contact is important. This is your first chance to sell yourself!
Re-read your CV and the job advert/job description just before the interview, so you have a clear idea of the role, responsibilities and the type of person they are looking to employ. Do your research thoroughly on the company (look at their website), their corporate vision, why they are successful, their competitors and regional/global coverage and be aware of any recent events/news involving the organization or current trends.
The majority of interviewers will ask you to provide a summary of your experience - do not simply read through your entire resume. They want a ‘snap-shot’ of your experience and significant achievements. Be concise and clear in your communication, highlighting your experience that is most relevant to the role you are applying for. Be prepared to talk about your strengths and weakness (provide examples if possible) and answer questions clearly and specifically - even if you need a few moments' silence to collect your thoughts.
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If you have the job description/advert for the role it will identify qualities that they are looking for. You need to demonstrate that you have these or that you have transferable skills, by providing examples. Be prepared to share your experience, abilities and skills. Also explain why you are interested in the role and joining the company.
Employers will be wondering what you would be like to work with, so refrain from talking negatively about your current/previous manager or colleagues. Employers are looking for motivated candidates who are looking for a challenge.
Sit upright and try to maintain good eye contact. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back or look to the floor. Many people cannot think and control their body language at the same time, which is why you need to prepare.
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Your interviewer may try to catch you off guard. It is impossible to plan for every difficult question, such as "How would your Manager would describe you?" but try to appear relaxed and in control. Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if necessary but do not evade it.
Show interest, smile and maintain eye contact even if you are nervous!
If you are unsure of a particular question, or what you’re interviewer is asking you, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
This is also your chance to ensure that you have a clear idea of the role, the team and career progression for the role, as well as training provided and culture. You need to be able to leave the meeting with a clear decision as to whether this is the right next step for you!