You have been selected for an interview, what next?
Below is some advice which may help you prepare for your interview;
- Research. You may know about the job, but what do you know about the employer? Make sure you do some research and visit the company website. What do they supply, make or do? How large are they? Do they have European or worldwide operations? Knowing about the company will assist you in the interview, will help you to ensure your responses are relevant and to show you are keen.
- Appearance. First impressions count. When an employer meets you, they see your appearance as a representation of you and you as representation of them. Are you smart, polished and prepared or scruffy, creased and unshaven? In most businesses looking smart is expected, even if it is a supplied uniform, so think about what you should wear to your interview. You cannot go wrong with conventional office wear (shirt, blouse, trousers, skirt or suit) to create a professional first impression.
- Interview Questions. Be prepared, here are some frequent interview questions you may be asked;
- Tell me about yourself?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why should we employ you?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What is your salary expectation?
- What motivates you?
- What makes a good team player?
- Do you have any questions or is there anything that you would like to ask me?
- Ready & Focused. Make sure you know where you are going for your interview, how long it will take to get there and you have booked time off if needed. On the day of an interview, allow plenty of time to get there without rushing or in case of any delays. Take a copy of your CV any qualifications, certification, passport & driving licence if required and a pen & paper for any notes.
- The Interview. Smile and look your interviewer directly in the eye, focusing on what they are saying, even if you are nervous.
- Positive. Stay positive and if possible enjoy the interview. Be honest during the interview, without being negative about you or your previous employment.
- Ask Questions. Always have a few questions to ask in advance. These may include;
- Why has the position become available?
- What are the main objectives/responsibilities of the position?
- What measures are used to judge my success in the role?
- What training, development or support is provided?
- What opportunities exist within the company for career progression?
- What’s the best thing about working in the company?
- Are there any plans for expansion?
- Take Notes. There is a lot to take in at an interview, so take notes. Not only does it confirm everything in your mind, but gives the impression that you are paying full attention and are conscientious.
- The Finish. Try to end on a positive note. Thank the interviewer for their time, and say something like, “I look forward to hearing from you.”