Job Seekers: Interview Tips
Attending an Interview? Below are some helpful tips to consider when attending an interview:
Prior to the Interview
- - Gather as much information about your potential employer as possible.
- - Practice interviewing techniques with a friend or partner.
- - Arrange your documents and copies in an organised way, so you are able to access them quickly.
- - Be prepared with questions to ask your potential employer.
- - Be prepared for the types of questions they may ask of you.
- - Know yourself and know your achievements, so you can utilise the opportunities to illustrate your strengths.
- - Be tactful about the reasons why you have left previous positions.
- - Arrive at your interview approximately 10 minutes early. This allows you to relax, take in the atmosphere and attend to last minute grooming and to become comfortable with your surrounds.
- - Be polite to everybody you encounter.
- - Switch off your mobile phone.
- - Ensure you are dressed professionally.
- - For men: a suit, or at least a shirt and tie. Hair neatly groomed.
- - For women: a suit, or at least trousers or a skirt with a collared shirt. Hosiery in preference to bare legs. Hair neatly styled.
During the Interview
- - Acknowledge your potential employer when they greet you by standing and shaking hands. A firm handshake is appropriate. If you have a tendency to get sweaty palms, wipe them prior.
- - Wait to be seated. Avoid leaning or placing things on the table.
- - Frequently make eye contact with the interviewer. If there is more than one interviewer try to acknowledge all.
- - Maintain a positive attitude and demonstrate enthusiasm, interest, and confidence. *Do not promise what you can't deliver.
- - Be aware of your body language, e.g., do not cross your arms across your chest.
- - Avoid talking too much.
- - Avoid premature salary discussions.
- - Do not discuss personal problems or problems you've had with previous colleagues.
- - Thank the person/people who interviewed you.
Potential Interview Questions
- - Why are you interested in joining our Company?
- - Why are you interested in this particular role?
- - Tell me about yourself.
- - What are your strengths?
- - What are your weaknesses?
- - Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?
- - Why did you leave.....(Company name)?
- - What particular aspects of your current position do you like/dislike?
- - How did you obtain your past job/s?
- - What did you like most/least about your last job?
- - How do you cope/work under pressure?
- - What business references can you provide?
- - How long would it take to become productive in this role?
- - Tell me about the best/worst Manager you have ever had?
- - How would you describe yourself?'
- - How would your Manager/co-workers/subordinates/friends describe you?
- - What goals have you established recently? Did you achieve these?
- - What have you done that shows initiative in your career?
- - What would you like in terms of remuneration?
- - What do you know about our Company?
- - What do you look for in a job?
- - Why should we hire you?
- - What can you do for us that someone else can't?
Questions to Ask Your Potential Employer
- - Why has this position become available?
- - What are the main responsibilities of the position?
- - How many people would I be working with?
- - Who would I report to? Who would report to me?
- - What is the training/induction period for this position?
- - What objectives/standards would I be expected to meet?
- - What are the resources available to carry out the role?
- - How will my performance be managed if I am successful in obtaining this position?
- - What is the culture of the workplace?
- - What are the growth plans for the organisation?
- - What opportunities are there for travel, further training, or advancement?
- - What step do I need to take from here?
Qualities Employers Often Looked For In Candidates
- - A sense of humour.
- - Imagination.
- - Writing skills.
- - Eye contact.