the most important step in achieving a successful interview is preparation. The
primary purpose of an interview is to secure an offer for the job. You are only
in the driver’s seat once you secure an offer; prior to the extending of an offer,
you are simply a candidate. Therefore, it is vital before your interview, to prepare.
There are many methods which you can employ in researching your prospective
Look at the company’s web site most companies have established
a presence on the World Wide Web. Typically, you can gain valuable information
with respect to a company’s products and services, background, and values.
Obtain Marketing Materials and company literature. Many companies will be
happy to send you various corporate publications if you simply call and request
Networking ask friends, family, and associates if they
know anyone who works or has worked at the organization. Networking is often your
best resource for getting the real information.
Know your CV. This may
sound strange, but many interviewers will read from your CV during the interview.
If you can not remember what you wrote on your CV ‘work experience / Responsibilities’
etc. This will cause the interviewer to be weary of your statements.
Have extra copies of your CV. It is always advisable to have extra copies of your
CV with you at the interview, just in case your CV has been misplaced, or if you
are asked to meet unscheduled company Representatives.
You only get one chance to make a first impression. At the interview
always be positive friendly and alert. When meeting the interviewer give a decent
handshake be firm ‘but do not break the interviewers hand’, it is not a competition.
Be aware of your body language and manor. Try to ensure you present yourself in
a way that is comfortable to the interviewer. If your interviewer speaks in a
slow and methodical manor, do not rush your answers, take your time and be as
clear and concise as possible. You can follow up your answer with examples of
your accomplishments, but at the end ‘Stop talking’.
You may often be
asked about skills you do not yet possess, but do not worry about these. If you
have been called for an interview the interviewer already believes you can do
the job. Under no circumstances lie about skills you do not possess, you will
more than likely be caught out and that will be the end of your interview. When
this type of question arises you should stress your ability to quickly acquire
new skills and if possible give examples. Why you left or are leaving your present
employer? Virtually every interviewer will ask you why you are leaving your present
job. The one thing you do not want to stress above all else is money. That is
not to say money is not important, but this should not be the main factor. It
is far more positive to stress your need to further develop your experience /
skills, increased responsibilities or change of location.
not least Have your questions prepared. It is vitally important to prepare your
questions before the Interview. This will reveal a greater level of interest in
the job to the interviewer and also indicate that you have given serious thought
about the job. The interview may raise questions you have not thought of and it
is quite acceptable to ask these. It is also acceptable to inquire about the next
stage of the interview process or decision dates.
Finally, try not to
worry about your interview, you should try to stay as composed as possible. Interviewers
realise that many interviewee’s will be nervous at their Interview, but most will
try to put you at ease to get the best from you as it is in their interest to
do so, in order to best find out about your qualities.