The key to a successful interview is research and preparation. The following offers a few interview tips and suggestions on ways to refine your interview technique.
Do your homework.
A successful interview rides on there being an easy flow of useful information between candidate and interviewer, therefore you should allow yourself to be adequately prepared to contribute. To do so, you should find out as much as possible about the company, the structure of the organisation, its culture, how it is performing, and some information about the interviewer- particularly how they fit into the company structure. As well as this, it is important to have a firm understanding of the job description and identify what the organisation wants and needs from you. It is also helpful to do some extra research on what challenges may arise in this type of role, this will allow you to demonstrate that you have what it takes to address those issues and that you are indeed the best person to fill the role.
Practice and plan.
Use any previous experience to your advantage, keep in mind what questions you have previously been asked, what areas you felt you fell short in and if there were any questions you wish you had of asked. It is also useful to figure out how to articulate not only your previous work experience, but your goals, your motivations, any weaknesses you may possess and any potential gaps in your work history. When preparing these questions, do some extra research- review the top 10 interview questions you’ll most likely be asked at a job interview and plan answers to best suit the position. An example of these questions are as follows:
- What is your greatest strength?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- Why are you leaving or have left your job?
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why do you want this job?
- Why should we hire you?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- Describe a difficult work situation/project and how you overcame it.
- How do you evaluate success?
- What are your goals for the future?
Additionally, highlight some key words in the job description and prepare concise stories and real life examples that demonstrate your ability to perform those role functions.
Be positive and comfortable.
Feeling prepared and relaxed positively influences your confidence and how you present yourself at the interview stage. As first impressions are highly valued, aim to arrive a little early and get a feel for the location. In terms of dress, it is a good idea that you wear the type of clothing that is most commonly worn in the job environment you wish to enter, keep dress professional if you are unsure and aim to appear neat and well-presented.
If you need some further guidance in preparing for an interview please do not hesitate to contact Talent Nation and we would be happy to assist.