Interview preparation

Interviews are an important part of your job explore; it is the ultimate chance to sell yourself on a face-to-face basis. They should not be viewed as a one-sided inquiring with ruthless questioning; slightly they should be qualified as an open forum for mutual information flow. Training or preparation is the first important step towards a booming interview. There is no justification or explanation for a applicant possessing little or no information about the organization with whom they are interviewing.

Preparation

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

  • Conservative business attire, such as a neutral-colored suit and professional shoes, is best. Make sure your clothes are neat and wrinkle-free.
  • Do your homework on the company; understand its products and services, its recent business growth, recent news, competitor and 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, qualification certificates id proof, proof of remuneration, pen and paper to take note. 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

When you arrive at a job interview, introduce yourself to the receptionist, if there is one. Let him or her know who you are and who you are scheduled to meet with. Greet your interviewer with a firm handshake and introduce yourself. Be prepared for a little small talk, but don’t overdo it.

The Interview

No two interviewers have the same style, let them take control of the flow but ensure that you show your honesty, passion and warmness.

  • During the interview, you will be assessed on your strengths and weaknesses. In addition to this, specific personal characteristics will be probed, such as attitude, aptitude, stability, motivation and maturity.
  • After the interviewer has asked about your previous experience, specific skills and competencies and delved into your strengths and weaknesses, it is then opportune to talk about the specific role.
  • Ensure that you have a number of well thought out and relevant questions to ask about the role.
  • Is this a newly created position?
  • Why has the position become available?
  • How would you describe the corporate culture?
  • What are the company’s plans for future development?
  • Is there an induction or training programme for new recruits?
  • What is the next step?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What’s a tough problem you’ve solved?
  • Don’t initiate negotiations on compensation at the first interview stage; however be open and frank if asked.
  • For every question you have to two or more than two answer you need to have a different, equally good answer for every question because the first interviewer might not like your story. You want the next interviewer to hear a different story and become your advocate.
  • When answering questions, it’s important to show how you arrive at a solution, so think out loud.
  • Ask your interviewers for clarification if you don’t understand a question and feel free to take the time you need with responses.
  • When dealing with interview panels maintain eye contact with all equally, even if one individual is doing the majority of the talking.
  • This is a good time to reiterate any strengths/experience that you feel would add to your candidature for the role.
  • If you are interested in the position enquire about the next interview stage.
  • If the interviewer offers the position to you and you want it, be prepared to accept it there and then, although this is more typical for contract and temporary roles. If you wish for some time to think it over, be tactful and courteous in asking for that time.
  • Leave the interviewer with a good final impression, smile and give a firm handshake. Do not make the mistake of relaxing too early and undoing all your previous hard work.

After The Interview

  • Immediately after the interview call the relevant consultant at Global Ventures to discuss how you feel it went, what you did well, what you wish you had done differently and how interested you are in the role. This is a chance for the consultant to provide extra feedback to the client to further establish your suitability for the role.
  • As soon as you get out of the meeting, write down some notes. Record whom you met with, what their job titles were, what you talked about, and anything else that you can think of that came up that seemed significant. Also, make note of any questions you still have. You’ll use this information to help you follow up. Write down everything you can remember as quickly as you can after your interview, so that you don’t forget anything important.
  • Following up after an interview is important. So, take a few minutes to send a quick email to the people you spent significant time with during your visit and interview. (One email to the whole group should do the trick.) You can do this within a few hours of your meeting, and you should definitely try to get to it by the end of the following day. If you don’t already have email addresses, contact with your profile relationship manager. You’ll almost certainly be able to locate that information relatively quickly.

 

Interview Do’s

  • Walk in confidently
  • Do make sure that your hands are attractive. This means spotlessly cleaning with trimmed nails.
  • Turn off your phone
  • Offer a firm handshake
  • Sit up straight
  • Keep eye contact
  • Smile
  • Be able to demonstrate how much you know about the company
  • Be confident
  • Show enthusiasm for the position and the company
  • Speak clearly.
  • Do try to sparkle! Use gestures in your conversation. Make sure they are smooth and emphatic
  • Do let the interviewer set the pace of the interview. Let him or her lead with the questions.
  • Do let the interviewer decide when the interview is over.

 

Interview Don’ts

  • Don’t be late. In fact, plan to be early for any scheduled interview. If you are late or arrive just in the nick of time, the interviewer will start to wonder how prompt you might be after you start to work.
  • Don’t wear your outer clothes into an interview. Take any kind of overcoat off. Take rubber boots off and leave them in the employment lobby. Wearing those to an interview gives the impression you are anxious and want to leave.
  • Don’t sit down until you are asked. Don’t worry about this, the recruiter won’t make you stand-but if you move quickly to your chair and sit down, you will appear forward.
  • Don’t have anything in your mouth except your teeth-no gum, no candies, no breath mints.
  • Don’t lean on or put your elbows on the interviewer’s desk. Sit back in your chair, so the interviewer can see more of you. Sit erect.
  • Don’t wear tinted glasses into an interview and if don’t wear your eyeglasses all the time, don’t park them on top of your head. Take them off and put them in your purse or pocket.
  • Don’t dominate the conversation. Answer the questions thoroughly, but don’t drone on forever
  • Don’t interrupt. It is inexcusable in an interviewing situation.
  • Don’t say “you know” all the times. It’s, you know, annoying.
  • Don’t ask, “Will I get the job?” or “Can I have the job?” Those questions tend to push the recruiter and he or she will not like that. Rather say, “I hope you can consider me as a candidate for this job” or I’m really interested in the job.
  • Don’t talk about the salary until later in the hiring process or until the recruiter brings it up.
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