Interview Preparation

Interviews are an integral part of your job search; it is the ultimate opportunity to sell yourself on a face-to-face basis. They should not be viewed as a one-sided interrogation with relentless questioning; rather they should be experienced as an open forum for two-way information flow. Preparation is the first essential step towards a successful interview. There is no excuse for a candidate possessing little or no information about the company with whom they are interviewing.

Preparation

Make the time to get yourself fully prepared for this vital part of the job search process and remember the five 'P's'; Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

  • Dress conservatively in smart business attire, first impressions last. Think about the image you wish to portray.
  • Do your homework on the company, understand its products and services, its recent business growth, plant or office locations and future growth opportunities. This information is usually accessible from documents and publications such as the company's annual report, corporate website or business publications.
  • Assemble relevant personal documentation, such as resumes and qualification certificates. Understand how your own annual remuneration is packaged. Rather than exaggerate your package explain why you feel you are worth more, as you may well be asked to prove your remuneration.
  • Prepare examples of previous successes or achievements in your career, as interviewers will often ask for substantiation of specific claims.

Initial Greeting

  • Arrive on time, having previously checked the address and exact location of the interview.
  • Know the interviewer's correct title and the pronunciation of their name.
  • Make and maintain eye contact, smile and have a firm handshake.
  • Use small talk to establish rapport, but let the interviewer initiate and lead this, as being over familiar at this stage could set the wrong tone.

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