Interview Tips

    Interview Tips

    Interview Tips to Prepare

    Have you an interview coming up soon?  To make sure you stand out from the crowd here are some handy tips.

    Before the Interview

    Glassdoor.com

    Find out what previous and current employees are saying about the company you are interviewing for. Glassdoor.com gives you the lowdown on nearly all large companies out there. You sign up and check through its library of feedback from thousands of other employees that have written ratings about their own companies. It gives you a proper insight into what previous and current employees are honestly saying about the company they work for. Users are anonymous on the site which allows them to speak freely and honestly about their experiences and rate their employer properly.  There is usually plenty of good and bad feedback.

    Google alerts

    Know your potential employer. Its not enough to search on the company website anymore.  Sign up for google alerts, for that particular company and see what the general public are saying about the company.  Google alerts will send you an email every time the particular company are mentioned on the internet.  You can keep on top of what is being said about them online which can give you good talking points in the interview.

    Monitor your online presence

    Its important to know how you are presenting yourself online as potential employers will definitely google you to see what will turn up.  Check your facebook settings to ensure any pictures that you don’t want prospective employers to see, are hidden or made private.  Google your own name, and also do a google image search for your name to see what pictures appear.

    On the Day

    Dress appropriately

    • Wear appropriate attire for the interview.  Dress neatly and professionally for your industry.
    • Make sure to be early for the interview.  Plan how you will get to the location before the interview and leave plenty of time in case of delays.
    • Find out your interviewers name beforehand and use it during the interview.  Maintain eye contact and look interested.  Its important to listen and be alert.
    • Map your skills to those of the job in question and make sure you get to mention all of your skills in the interview.
    • Prepare examples of where you dealt with a difficult client /customer.  the interviewer wants to see how you deal with difficult situations or clients.  E.g.:  Show the interviewer that you are a competent person who knows how to escalate issues to your manager if you cannot deal with them on your own.

     

    The ‘weakness’ question and what to say

    There are many cliches out there when it comes to the question “What is your main weakness?”.  Interviewers are tired of hearing that you are a perfectionist that pays too much attention to detail.  Try to come up with real scenarios that you can show that you are currently working on.

    Sample answer:

    Sometimes I don’t like delegating tasks and tend to take all the work on myself. I have learnt from past experience that this is not always valuable to the team and it is important to make sure I do not delay a project by taking on too many tasks by myself, that others can do.  I am working on delegating to ensure no future delays occur.

    Sample answer:

    I am not always good at holding meetings.  I am quite aware of it and have been working on improving this by sending out minutes of the meeting beforehand and ensuring that each topic is kept within its allotted time to ensure the smooth and efficient running of a meeting.

    What not to do in your interview

    • Don’t cross your arms, it  can come across as defensive.
    • Don’t fiddle with a pen or object.
    • Don’t fidget with your hands.  Move your seat in under the table and if you have a habit of fidgeting with your hands, make sure your hands are on your lap out of sight.
    • Don’t tap your foot.
    • Don’t be too familiar
    • Don’t talk to much or use slang

    What to do in your interview

    • Listen to the interviewers questions
    • Take your time when answering
    • If you are asked any questions that involve working out the answer, make sure you talk the interviewer through the process you are using and do any calculations out loud
    • Thank your interviewer at the end and shake their hand
    • Use appropriate language throughout the interview.

    Ask good questions

    • What is the culture here in this organisation?
    • Will my skills be a fit for the organisation?

    Sell yourself

    I don’t know about you, but I have come out of interviews in the past and thought, oh I forgot to tell them this, or I forgot to mention that.  To ensure that this doesn’t happen to you have a plan or a story about yourself that encompasses all the good work achievements you have accomplished.  Mention if you have done voluntary work or any extra relevant courses.

    And finally one more thing… Good luck!  Go get that job.

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