Having been selected for interview the next step is to prepare for that interview. Often, you may have limited time to do this and so it is essential to use your time wisely. Here are our top tips:
- Review the job description – carefully read this through and consider how you can demonstrate that you have the experience to fulfil the required criteria. Simply, you need to be able to show you understand the role and are suitable for it. If appropriate, bring samples of work with you that are relevant to the job description and refer to these to demonstrate your skills during the interview.
- Do your research – It is crucial to show an interest in the company and its products. Therefore, look at the company’s website to get a thorough understanding of its values, market, structure and customers. The news section will give you an update of its most recent developments and press releases and an idea of future plans.
- Let yourself be interviewed – It is important to let the hiring manager control the interview and try to answer only the question asked. Although it is tempting to provide a detailed run down of all your experience, limit answers to only those details relevant to this role. If more detail is required, the interviewer will ask follow-up questions. Interrupting or providing long monologues will only use up the interview time and may mean that the hiring manager is unable to ascertain whether you are suitable for the role in the time available.
- Consider what questions you may be asked – You are likely to be asked questions to ascertain your technical abilities and your ‘softer skills’ such as presenting skills, teamwork, report writing, problem solving, dealing with difficult customers etc. Brush up on your technical knowledge prior to the interview and consider examples you can use to demonstrate how you have put these and other skills into practice in previous positions you have held.
- Your questions – You will always be asked if you have any questions and it is advisable to prepare these in advance. Your opportunity to ask questions will usually be in the final part of the interview and consequently this is your last chance to make an impression. Request clarification on any aspect of the role you are not clear on, ask about the company’s future plans/upcoming projects or perhaps any announcements the company has made about new products etc. Use this as an opportunity to show you are interested in the company, you have done your research and that you want this job.
- Confident or anxious?– The two extremes of anxiety and over-confidence can both put your prospects of a successful interview at risk. Feeling nervous is to be expected and can come across as a sign that you want the job. Better this than a detached and over-confident approach which could be mistaken for arrogance or that you do not want the position at all. Finding a balance is key.
- And finally be professional – First impressions do count so dress appropriately and try to be approachable, professional and friendly.
For further advice on how to prepare for an interview, please contact us.
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