Our Top 12 Interview Tips
Posted 09/11/2017 : By: Laura Linsdell
Preparation is key when it comes to job interviews! Follow our 12 top tips to give the best possible impression to prospective employers...
1. Research the company and brand/product
Not only will this show that you have prepared for your interview but it will show your prospective employer your organisation skills as well as enabling you to answer any potential questions on the Company / Brand/ Product with ease and confidence.
2. Think about why you would like to work for the company
It is common to be asked this question at interview and your prospective employer is looking for someone passionate about the company, product or brand they will be working for.
3. What can you bring to the company?
Think about your strengths and how would they benefit the employer?
4. Where does the job fit in with your career plans?
Are you looking to progress with the company? Would this be the next step in your career?
5. Your Appearance
Make sure you wear a business suit or similar smart attire. If you are wearing a tie, ensure it is done up properly, your shirt is tucked in and your shoes are polished. You want to create the best first impression possible and little things can easily let you down. Make sure you dispose of any chewing gum, cigarettes etc. well before your approach to the place of interview.
6. Know your CV
Make sure you can remember the information you have put down and that it’s an honest representation of your experience & training!
7. Take along documents to support your application.
The Interviewer will already have a copy of your CV, but other documents such as training certificates may be useful for the employer to see.
8. Plan your route
Ensure you give yourself enough time for any possible traffic delays / getting lost / not being able to park and aim to arrive at least 10 minutes early.
9. Keep Calm!
The person interviewing you is just that. They may be the key person between you and your dream job however getting yourself worked up about the interview isn’t going to help you. Take deep breaths and walk into the interview with a confident (not arrogant) approach.
10. Hand Shake
Offer a confident and firm hand shake to the Interviewer/s upon arrival of your interview and again when you leave thanking them for their time.
However keen you are to get your point across, let the interviewer talk and don’t interrupt. Also keep your answers relevant, informative and to the point.
12. Prepare for questions you are likely to be asked
A few examples of common interview questions can be found below:
Common Interview Questions
What is the greatest challenge you have ever faced? Keep it work based and be positive. The interviewer is trying to find out how you cope under pressure and with difficult situations, how did you deal with the challenge? What might do differently should a similar situation arise?
What's been your greatest achievement? This is about your personal achievements, preferably work related.
What are your weaknesses? Try and make these positive weaknesses, perhaps mention something that you are working on or have turned around.
What's your current salary? Include any benefits such as company cars, pension schemes, healthcare & bonuses, but tell the truth. The interviewer can always contact your current employer to check.
Why did you leave your previous job/s? Be honest but try to avoid speaking negatively about your previous employers or specific colleagues you worked with.
Why do you want this job? This is where any research on the company that you have done will really pay off!
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