Job Interview Tips & Advice

Now that you have landed the interview, be sure that you make the most of it. The job interview is probably the most important step in the job search process. It’s your chance to show the company that you’re the best person for the job. The following job interview tips should give you a good head start on the competition!

 
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    Interview Advice

     
    • Ask for details of the interview structure, i.e., who will be interviewing you, for how long, and how many other candidates are there?
    • If you need more information about the organization ask for it at this stage
    • You cannot over-prepare for an interview

    At a basic level most interviews will head off down one of two paths.

     
    Begin with the interviewer describing the job and the organization to you, before asking you to talk about yourself
     
     
    The interviewer will put you 'on stage' straight away by asking you what attracted you to the position and why you would be a suitable candidate
     
     
    Advantage
     
    allowing you time to settle down and get a feel for the personality of the interviewer(s)
    requires you to make an immediate impact and to talk without the benefit of an established rapport
     
    Disadvantage
     
    the possibility of new information emerging on which you might be expected to answer questions
    it gives you two chances to 'sell' yourself - at the start of the interview and again at the
     
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    Interview Skill

     
    • Practice common interview questions
    • When practicing interview questions and answers, try and think of examples you could use to describe how you have dealt with different situations
    • Listen actively - there is always something more to learn about the organization and on which you might capitalize
    • You are not boasting, merely stating quantifiable facts about what you have to offer, based on proven achievements and future potential
    • Never interrupt - even where the question is obvious, wait for the interviewer to finish before your reply
    • Talk in 'sound bites' until you catch the interest of the interviewer, at which point it is fine to elaborate
    • Be fluent and confident about describing yourself and your personal capital
    • Be enthusiastic about your career and what you have achieved, but avoid unnecessary detail
    • Learn all your achievements from your CV and be prepared to elaborate on them, make sure you have all your facts and figures clearly at hand
    Find out more about
    how to write a good CV
     

    Your Questions

    • Questions provide your final opportunity to sell yourself to the interviewer(s)
    • Find out more about the organisational structure, your prospective role in it, the nature of the job, the challenge it offers and its career potential
    • If you feel that you will not remember all the things you need to ask, write them down and ask if the interviewer minds if you refer to your notes
    • Remember to limit the time spent on questions because the panel will be irritated if you appear too demanding and throw the interview schedule off too much
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    Follow Up

     
    • Always write a thank-you letter after an interview
    • Re-affirm your continued interest in the post or email and say that you hope you will be called back for a further discussion
    • If your application is unsuccessful, do not be afraid to call and ask for feedback. This can be invaluable advice to inform your next round of applications
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    Additional Interview Tips

     
     

    DO

    • Make eye contact
       
    • Remember your CV details
       
    • Make a note of your questions if you feel you might forget them
       
    • Remember interviewers have to convince you that you should join a company just as much as you need them to employ you

    DON’T

    • Interrupt the interviewer
       
    • Smoke before your interview
       
    • Volunteer your weaknesses
    A successful interview relies partly on thorough preparation and partly on thoughtful response to questions on the day. In addition, you can demonstrate a lot to your interviewers with your own questions and effective follow-up.