General Interview Advice
Before applying for a job:
Clean up your Social Media.
Most employees will do a social-media background check on prospective employees. Online mistakes can last forever, so always be responsible in your posts and interactions. Nothing says “stay away” like seeing unsavoury exchanges on your candidate’s timeline. So, even before you apply for a position, do a personal social media audit and ask yourself the question: Would you hire the person you are seeing in those Facebook Posts and Tweets? If not, you should invest time in developing a more professional online presence.
You have landed the interview, now what?
The more you know about the job and the company the better. Look at the company’s website for information. There will also often be feedback on Google from employees what is is like to work there. The research should include information like the company’s position in the industry, its markets, its locations, its competitors, its performance, major events, turnover and profits.
Review your work experience, qualifications, goals and accomplishments relative to the position and job requirements. Then review how well you match the employer requirements. Where you don’t exactly match the requirements anticipate the questions they are going to ask about this.
Review your CV prior to the interview and develop answers to questions that relate to your CV. In particular be prepared to discuss gaps in employment and changes in career direction
Secondly read the job description carefully and make sure you meet all the criteria and that you are technically qualified to do the job. You can think of mentioning examples from your previous job that demonstrates your ability to do this job.
Thirdly make sure you arrive on time, preferably early for your interview. Obtain clear directions for the location of the interview and plan your journey, allowing plenty of time to arrive. If you are unavoidably delayed, notify the company immediately giving the reason and your estimated time of arrival or immediately call your recruiter and notify them.
Look smart for the interview and also remember to bring your prep work with you, a folder with some info on the company and your questions for them. This proves you are prepared and that you have put some work into the interview. A company is more likely to hire someone who is well presented and who will therefore best represent their company.
During the interview:
Body Language Do’s:
Body Language Don’ts:
The interview is a two-way process. You will need to interview the company to find out if the company and the position are right for you. Prepare the questions that you want answered and ask them.
Consider some of the following:
Closing the interview:
What you do at the end of the interview, is just as important as what you do at the beginning. If you are interested in the position, express your interest. If you are offered the position and you want it, accept on the spot. If you need some time to think it over, be courteous and tactful in asking for that time. Set a definite date when you can provide an answer.
DON’T be too discouraged if no definite offer is made or specific salary discussed. The interviewer will probably want to communicate with their office first or interview more applicants before making a decision.
If you get the impression that the interview is not going well and that you have already been rejected, don’t let your discouragement show. Once in a while an interviewer who is genuinely interested in your possibilities may seem to discourage you in order to test your reaction.
Sample closing questions you could ask:
Please give your recruitment consultant feedback as soon as possible. Include any areas that you feel did not go well and if you feel as though you left something out then let them know this, so it can be conveyed in the consultants call to the employer.
Follow up with a note and message of appreciation reiterating your interest in the position (usually to your recruiter). .
In the note briefly reaffirm the value and contribution you can make to the company and your enthusiasm for the position. Professional and Polite follow-up will enhance your chances of success.
The company or your recruiter may contact one of your references to do a reference check. Alert your references and give them background about the job and the company so that they are well prepared to provide the best references possible for you.
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