An interviewer will be expecting you to represent yourselfat your finest during an interview – prepared, well groomed, professional andshowing enthusiasm for the role and company in question. It is important toremember the interview process is to establish if you are right for theircompany and also if their company and role is right for you. The key is to beprepared and be yourself.
- It is likely you will be asked ‘What do you know about ourcompany?’.
- Research as much as you can about the business and therole. Review the job description. Research their website and articles relatingto their business online.
- Make a list of questions about the business and role. Thesewill reinforce if the role and company are right for you. It also demonstratesinitiative and a high level of interest to the interviewer.
- Arriving late to the interview is likely to create a badfirst impression with the interviewer and likely to increase your stress levelgoing into your interview. Be clear on where, when and who the interview iswith. Drive there on a trial run to ensure you are aware of traffic issues,parking availability.
- Dress for success. You have one chance to make a positivelasting impression. Dress appropriately for the role. Clean/polish shoes. Payattention to your personal grooming.
- Know your own CV. It sounds obvious but too oftencandidates offer conflicting dates and information to what they have listed ontheir CV.
- Take a copy of your CV, details of your referees, yourprepared questions and perhaps even a notebook and a couple of pens if you liketo take notes. Ensure anything you take along is as immaculately presented asyou are, as the entire process forms their first and only impression of you.
- Arriving to your interview around 5 minutes early is ideal.If you arrive earlier wait briefly in your car until 5 minutes prior to yourallocated interview time.
- If you find you are going to be unavoidably late call andadvise of the delay and expected arrival time. (Ph: 03 963 1110)
- If you’re a smoker, avoid smoking just before an interview.
- Turn off your mobile phone.
- Remove sunglasses and dispose of chewing gum.
- When greeting your interviewer always present a firmhandshake and don’t forget to smile.
- If you feel nervous, don’t worry. It is perfectly naturalto be nervous in this situation.
- Wait to be offered a chair before sitting down.
- If you intend to take notes check that it is OK with theinterviewer first.
- Maintain regular eye contact throughout your interview.
- Body language is important. Don’t overthink it but be sureto be open and professional with your body language: Sit up straight, don’tfold your arms or have your hands in your pockets. Most of all, relax and beyourself.
- Listen to the questions and respond with confident,relevant, and to the point answers. This is your time to shine, to demonstrateand communicate your strengths. Use specific examples where appropriate. Avoidanswering questions with only a “yes” or “no”.
- Don’t interrupt the interviewer. Allow them to finish theirquestion before responding.
- Don’t be afraid to admit to mistakes you have made alongthe way. Employers are more interested in your growth and what you learned fromyour mistakes and what you would do differently today.
- Avoid bad-mouthing former employers. Instead, try conveyingthe sort of environment you are looking for having experienced a managementstyle that didn’t motivate and inspire you to do your best work.
- Once the interviewer has asked their questions, they willask if you have any questions. This is your chance to confirm further if thisis the right role and company for you.
- At this stage of the process, it is inappropriate to askquestions relating to the salary unless the interviewer asks you. Asking islikely to suggest to the interviewer that it is your main priority as opposedto finding the right role. If queried, you should respond with a salary bracketand be honest. Don’t ask for more or less than you would be happy within thehope of increasing your chances.
- After the interview reiterate your interest in the role,for example, “I’m very interested, this sounds like a great company and therole sounds perfect”. Finish by shaking hands and thanking them for their timeand consideration.