The first 30 seconds that you spend with the interviewer are the most important! Have you ever heard the expression “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”? Make sure that when you meet the interviewer you shake hands firmly, stand tall and look him/her in the eyes and smile. Sit down only after you are asked to.
Remember to maintain good eye contact, follow the interviewer’s leads and if you do not understand a question, politely ask him/her to rephrase it or to be more specific.
Interview dos and don’ts
- Dress appropriately – Business suit / attire
- Prepare a couple of relevant questions to ask the interviewer to show you have put some thought into your interview
- Don’t make negative comments about previous employers
- Answer all questions truthfully
- Be a good listener
- Switch off your mobile telephone and sit up straight
- Don’t lose your cool or show nervousness
- Don’t discuss money or salary, unless asked
- Don’t read documents that are on the interviewer’s desk
Commonly Asked interview Questions
- You are always asked to ‘tell me a bit about yourself’. You should focus on the things that are most relevant to the job, include achievements and enthusiasm. Try to avoid too much personal information unless asked.
- You will be asked about your ‘key skills/strengths’ – you should think about this before your interview, look the company up and see what skills of yours they would be most relevant.
- What are your weaknesses? Choose something that you have either improved on or that will not be detrimental to your job
- When asked ‘why did you leave your last job?’ try to be positive about it rather than taking the opportunity to criticise your previous employer
- ‘tell me about a difficult scenario at work and how you dealt with it’ – think about this before your interview so that your answer comes easily
- What do you know about our organisation? Make sure you have read up on the company and have a good understanding of what they do and the structure of the company if possible
Suitable Questions for you to ask the Interviewer
- How many are there in the team I hope to work in?
- What training does the company offer?
- Is there a company induction for new recruits?
- When can I expect to hear feedback?
- Will there be second interviews?