Succeed in Interviews

The importance of researching your potential employer cannot be over emphasised. Nowadays, with so much information at our fingertips, there is no excuse not to do your homework. Probably the easiest and quickest way to access up-to-date information is via the Internet. Spend some time exploring the company’s web site. If you haven’t got easy access to the Internet, use more traditional methods – visit a business library and read through annual reports, or call the company and ask for information to be sent out to you.

Prepare answers to the most frequently asked interview questions. In particular, those questions that you may find difficult to answer and work out how you will cope with them. Also it is always a good idea to revisit a couple of good pieces past of work to talk around ensuring its relevant to the interview. You must always:

  • Get a good nights sleep prepare your route and if possible test drive the route so you know exactly where to go. Aim to be in reception 10 minutes early giving you time to relax and get a feel for the company environment.
  • Give a firm handshake and smile during the introduction. You must not underestimate the importance of this. It is your first impression and there is no worse start than a sloppy handshake.
  • Be pleasant, poised and maintain eye contact as much as possible.
  • Be aware of your body language. Don’t sit with your arms folded. Try to be open and relaxed.
  • Do not ever bring up money during the course of an interview leave that firmly with your recruitment consultant.
  • Listen carefully to questions; don’t be afraid to ask for clarification and take time to think about your answers. Silences will seem a lot longer to you than they actually are.
  • Be honest. You wouldn’t want your employer to lie about your career and salary prospects so stick to the truth about your jobs and qualifications. These things are easily checked out.
  • Always try to support your answers with examples of past achievements.
  • Be clear and concise do not go of on a tangent and waffle.
  • Avoid saying negative things about your last or current employer.
  • Prepare questions for the interviewer.
  • Thank the interviewer at the end of the interview and reiterate your interest in the position.
  • Ask the interviewer how you have done, and ask do they have any reservations about hiring you at this stage.
  • Don’t let the interview drag on by overselling yourself if you see signs that the interview is coming to a close.