GOOD INTERVIEW TECHNIQUE
Here are some points that we have identified to help you improve your performance at interview, therefore greatly increasing your chances of being offered the job you want.
PREPARATION FOR THE INTERVIEW
Preparation is the first essential step towards a successful interview. Interviewers are continually amazed at the number of candidates who have not prepared and possess little or no information about the company.
Ensure that you know the exact location and time of interview, the interviewer’s full name, the correct pronunciation and title held.
Refresh your memory on the facts and figures of your present/former employer. You will be expected to know a lot about a company you have previously worked for.
Prepare the questions you will ask and remember that an interview is a “two-way street”. The interviewer will try to determine through questioning if you have the necessary qualifications to do the job. You must determine through questioning whether the company will provide the opportunity for growth and development that you seek.
Dress in a smart business suit with black shoes and a clean, ironed shirt/blouse.
First impressions count. Be punctual. Dress smartly. Get yourself in a positive frame of mind. Greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake.
You are being interviewed because the interviewer wants to fill a vacancy. Through the interaction that will take place, the interviewer will be assessing your strengths and weaknesses. In addition, specific characteristics will be probed such as attitude, aptitude, stability, motivation and maturity.
During the interview, answer questions clearly, honestly and fully. Avoid rambling answers. If you need a few moments to think about your response, take them.
1. Arrive early.
2. Shake hands firmly.
3. Look your interviewer in the eye when conversing.
4. Try to obtain a full description of the position early so that you can relay the appropriate background and skills.
5. Make sure that your good points get across to the interviewer in a factual and sincere manner. Keep in mind that only you can sell yourself and make the interviewer aware of the potential benefits that you can offer the organisation.
6. Always conduct yourself as if you are determined to get the job you are discussing. Never close the door on opportunity. It is better to be in the position where you can chose from a number of jobs – rather than only one.
CLOSING THE INTERVIEW
If you are interested in the position enquire about the next interview stage if applicable. If the interviewer offers the position to you and you want it, accept on the spot. If you wish for some time to think it over, be courteous and tactful in asking for that time.
Don’t be too discouraged if no definite offer is made, or specific salary discussed. The interviewer will probably want to consult with colleagues first or interview other candidates before making a decision.
Thank the interviewer for the time spent with you.
Lastly and most importantly, call your consultant at Taylor Recruitment immediately after the interview and explain what happened. We will want to speak with you before the interviewer calls.