Here’s a couple of our interview tips for you to read through in order to prepare.
- Interview format
Make sure you find out which type of interview you are attending.
- Competency based
- Group assessment
Preparation for each of the above is very different so it would be good to know how to address each of the above.
- Read up on the company…
Companies are always very impressed by what you know about them. It shows that you are prepared and serious about the job and leaves a great impression to the interviewer. Remember to understand the brand, organisation structure and the product.
- …and the Interviewer(s)
Know who you are meeting! LinkedIn and the company website will provide you with this information. Look into their backgrounds.
- Look at Social Media
Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter are the key sites
Also it is good to check the companies own website for any blog or news links.
These websites provides you with the most up to date information about the company and can lead to conversation starters when in your interview.
Prepare questions to ask!
Interviewers are always impressed when you ask them insightful and unique questions. We suggest that the best time to ask your questions is at the end of the interview so that you can be sure not to duplicate discussion. Tip: make sure you don’t ask a question that may have already been answered.
- Re-read your own C.V
This can be easily forgotten and you must remember the purpose of the interview is for you to sell yourself for the job. This can help you to pre-empt any criticism on your C.V for example, employment gaps. Tip: make sure you have prepared explanations e.g. ‘I took a sabbatical to travel the world’ or ‘I was raising a family’.
Know your own strengths and weaknesses. This is a commonly asked question.
- Look smart & be on time
We suggest picking out your outfit the night before, you will want to look the part so therefore this includes ironing your shirt and polishing your shoes – first impressions count!
Always allow extra time to travel and make sure you arrive early to find the building and gather your thoughts.
Tip: Ask reception for your interviewer 5-10 minutes before your scheduled interview time.
Tip: Always accept a glass of water. You may not know how long you will be in there for and some questions may be harder than others. Taking a sip of water gives you a couple of seconds thinking time as well.
- Overall performance
Active listening, good eye contact, positive body language and a firm hand shake are all very important. This establishes your enthusiasm and drive to wanting the job.
Take your time with your answers and keep calm.
- Be Prepared!
You can never be too prepared for an interview! Remember to always smile and be confident and practice.
- Learn something new!
After your interview you will have learnt a lot without necessarily realising. Take a couple of minutes to jot down what new things you have learnt. This may help you in your next round or in another interview.
Remember that if you are put off or lose track half way through your interview to try and compose yourself and regain your confidence. We have tripped up on interviewees too you know!
If you would like any further advice on interview prep please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org