So you’ve won your way through to an interview, well done and great job. Now comes what most people find as the nerve-racking part. But it need not be such a stressful process, preparation is the key.
Practice Your Interview
Know yourself – your top five strengths, weaknesses and accomplishments.
Familiarise yourself with the types of interview questions the employer may ask you.
Write down answers to your questions and practise answering them out-loud.
Rehearse your answers in a mock interview with a friend or family member.
Research the Employer
Find out as much as you can about the company/ business.
Look up the company or employer online, visit their website, Facebook page and Linkedin page.
Read their Annual Report and news articles about the company.
Visit the Human Resources page on their website.
Speak with people who work at the employer or who work in the same industry.
Dress for success to give a great first impression and build your confidence.
Know how to get there
Practise getting to the interview location beforehand.
Arrive 5-10 min early.
Check the bus routes and train timetable a day or two before.
Know where you are going to park.
Bring with you copies of your resume, cover letter and key selection criteria.
Copy of the Job Description.
A notepad pen and paper.
In the interview
Smile, every second counts.
Be friendly, positive and confident.
Maintain eye contact when listening and speaking.
Sound enthusiastic and demonstrate your interest for the job.
Use positive body language – try not to fidget or use your hands too much when speaking.
Generate active two-way conversation with your answers to questions.
Talk about your skills
Give 1 to 2 minute responses.
Discuss your specific accomplishments and examples of your work that demonstrate your ability to do the job.
Outline your skills and experience from previous positions and how this experience can relate to the new job.
Give examples that demonstrate your initiative and enthusiasm.
Ask questions about the role to show your interest.
Prepare at least two questions you would like to know the answers to before your interview.
You may want to find out about: training or career development opportunities or who you would be working with as a team.
End on a high
Clearly state your interest and enthusiasm for the position and ask about the timeframes and next steps in the recruitment process.
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