A job interview provides you with the perfect opportunity to show the employer why you should be hired for the role you have applied for. Unfortunately many candidates do not give any thought in advance to the interview process and therefore perform way below par and lose out on the very opportunity they had their heart set on achieving.
Interviews shouldn’t be a daunting experience and like everything in life a little preparation can make all the difference.
Preparation is the first, essential step towards a successful interview – clients are continually amazed at the number of candidates who have not prepared and possess little or no information about them.
Simple but routinely forgotten points to remember include:
- Ensure that you know the exact location and time of the interview, the interviewer’s full name, correct pronunciation and title.
- Find out specific, relevant facts about the company; where its offices are located, what its products and services are, what its growth has been and what its growth potential is for the future.
- Refresh your memory regarding the facts and figures on your current/former employer. You’ll be expected to know a lot about a company that you’ve previously worked for.
- Put yourself in the employer’s place and think about the questions you are likely to be asked. Review the job description or speak to your recruiter to identify which areas are of most interest to the employer. Think about effective responses to expected questions but be prepared for anything on the day. When answering questions be clear about the impact of any examples given and expect to quantify where possible.
- Prepare the questions you want to ask and remember that an interview is a two way process. The interviewer will try to determine through questioning if you have the experience and qualifications necessary to do the job – you must determine through questioning whether the company will provide the opportunity that you’re looking for.
- Always adhere to smart business dress. Don’t wear casual clothes, even if you know the company policy.