The most important
part of a company’s hiring process is the face to face interview. Once the
company has shortlisted your application, it’s time to meet face to face and
get a chance to work out whether you’re a good fit. An interview is an
excellent opportunity to sell your personality and skills to the company and
show them why you’re the best candidate for the job.
Here are some
essential tips to make sure you perform when it matters most:
- Preparation – Make it a priority to research the
company and the role you are interviewing for. Not only will it give you
the confidence to talk about the company with the current managers, but it
will show your preparedness, organisation and eagerness for the
- Questions – It shouldn’t be too tricky finding
some inside information online from people who have interviewed for
similar roles. Doing this will give you a reference point to base your
answers and gives you the chance to work out solutions to tough questions.
Don’t try to memorise the answers; instead, use them as a base to mould
your answer around.
- Dress appropriately – When you arrive for your interview,
first impressions will count. Make sure you are well presented and start
the meeting correctly. Shake hands with the employer and introduce
yourself, you will come across as confident, prepared, and it should also
ease any nerves getting off on the right foot.
- Punctuality is important – Arrive at your interview in good
time, usually around 15 minutes early, showing your potential employer
that you have excellent time management. Some employers won’t interview
people that arrive late, so don’t lose the opportunity because you didn’t
leave the house early enough!
- Be natural – You need to be genuine and natural
during your interview, as people can easily see through a false
personality. Give a realistic view of yourself, and it will be a lot more
appealing than putting on a show for the interviewers.
- After the interview – When the meeting ends, always ask
some questions to the interviewer, further illustrating your interest and
preparation for the role. Always thank the interviewers for their time and
leave with a firm handshake.
Things to avoid
during an interview:
- Avoid talking too much, especially when
you find yourself labouring over the same points. Answer the questions
thoroughly but know when to stop.
- Don’t speak ill of past employers, no
matter how justified you think you are in doing so, it won’t benefit you,
and the interviewer may view it as a lack of respect or loyalty.
- Don’t be lethargic or unwilling to
elaborate. Avoid slouching and giving short answers; this is your
opportunity to show how good of an asset you can be to a company.
These tips should
put you in good stead to land that dream job. Haven’t found that role