To succeed in a job interview, it’s important to say and do the right things that make a positive first impression and convince employers you would be a good fit for their company.
Examine the person specification and your CV/application form, and think about what type of questions your interviewer will ask you.
Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview – use it as an opportunity to find out more about the role and the company. (Don’t ask about money or perks just yet!)
LOOK SMART, look bright and attentive, and speak clearly and confidently. First impressions really do count.
Keep your answers focused on what you can do for the employer, not what they can do for you. Sell yourself. No one else is going to! Be positive about yourself and your experiences.
THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU DEFINITELY SHOULD BE ASKING ONCE YOUR INTERVIEW HAS ENDED. IT’S SOMETIMES HARD TO THINK OF A QUESTION ON THE SPOT, SO WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER SOME EXAMPLE QUESTIONS THAT YOU SHOULD BE ASKING AT YOUR INTERVIEW:
• What are the main objectives and responsibilities of the position?
• What types of professional development opportunities do you offer?
• What’s the best thing about working at your company?
• How would you describe the company culture?
• What are the company’s plans for the future?
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Don’t be late.
Don’t let your nerves show too much; a few nerves are normal but extreme nerves will affect your performance. Just breathe, take your time answering questions and you’ll breeze through the interview!
Don’t slouch in your seat or do anything that makes you look uninterested.
Don’t be arrogant and assume you’ve got the job. Nothing turns off employers more than someone who is disrespectful and over- confident.
Don’t lie, the interviewer may see through you. Even if you get the job, your employer can dismiss you if they find out that you have not been honest.
SOME QUESTIONS ARE BEST LEFT UNSAID UNTIL YOU GET OFFERED THE POSITION THAT YOU’RE INTERVIEWING FOR. WE HAVE PUT SOME CLASSIC EXAMPLE QUESTIONS THAT YOU SHOULDN’T ASK AT YOUR INITIAL INTERVIEW:
• What are the salary and benefits for this job?
• How quickly do promotions come around?
• Ask what’s already been answered.
• Will You Monitor My Social Networking Profiles?
• Never ask “What does your company do?”
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