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Job Interview Tips

Written by on April 15th, 2013.      0 comments

The job interview is an opportunity for both the employer and the applicant to determine each other’s suitability for the advertised position.  To help you be more successful at your next interview, read these useful tips:-
1.  Carry out research about the organisation. You can do this by researching on the internet or reading their annual reports. This will help you address questions such as – “Why do you want to work here?” – “What do you know about our company?”

2.  Research the role you are applying for to understand its purpose.   You can do this by carefully reading the job advertisement, position description and selection criteria.  This will help you relate your answers to the role.

3.  Prepare questions you anticipate being asked. These are usually related to the selection criteria for the position. Consider how you will answer these questions. Prepare examples that demonstrate your experiences, strengths and achievements.

4.  Prepare the questions you will ask at interview. Concentrate on relevant and well considered questions that show your enthusiasm for the role.

5.  Practice role-playing the interview with someone you trust.

6.  Ensure you know where you are going for the interview, how you are going to there and make sure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled interview time.

7.  Presentation is a key factor in making a good impression. Dress conservatively and attend to your personal hygiene.

8.  Check who is on the panel and memorise their names, positions and their stake in this position.

9.  If you are anxious about the interview, do whatever relaxation methods help you to de-stress. If you are well prepared, you will feel more confident and relaxed and therefore have less anxiety!

10. Take any documentation that you think may be required (ie your resume, licenses, examples of your work, academic transcripts).

11. Remember first impressions are crucial. Greet everyone you meet in a friendly manner.

12. Ensure you maintain eye contact with the interviewers and be aware of your non-verbal behaviour.

13. Listen carefully, try to be confident and positive throughout the interview.

14. Be focussed on what you can do for the employer, not what the employer can do for you.

15. Thank the interviewer/s for their time and if you are interested in the position, make sure you communicate this.

16. After the interview, reflect on and evaluate your performance.

17. Send a thank you note after your interview. This makes you stand out from other applicants and helps the employer to remember you for the position you applied for, or for any other potential opportunities that may arise with the company.

Follow these job interview tips and you will be more successful next time to have a job interview.