Interview tips

  • Prepare for your interview.  Remember you have only 1 chance to impress the panel; it’s a once off and there are no second chances.  You would want to make such a good impression on the company that they would want to employ YOU and not the next candidate.  You are not the only person being interviewed for the job.  This is a competition and they are going to employ the best candidate for the job.
  • Do your homework in advance.  Learn as much as you can about the company.  Go onto their website and familiarise yourself with who they are, the people, their competitors, their products and the company history.  Look at the company’s culture, values and ideals and decide if that is where you would like to go for your future.
  • Refresh your memory regarding details of present and past employers and your work history in their companies. Pay particular attention to how you will describe your most important achievements.
  • Go through the job description of the position you are being interviewed for.  Understand the roles that will be required of you.
  • Arrive ON TIME or at least 5 to 10 minutes earlier.  Late is NEVER excusable.  Plan in advance sufficient time for traffic, go through company security etc.  The panel are busy people and they have a set time and date for a reason.  Being too early can be seen as rude as being late.
  • Research has shown that interviewers form 80% of their opinion of you in the first five minutes of the interview, so it is important to dress and behave appropriately.
  • Ensure you know the exact time and place of the interview, and the interviewer's name and title, and how to pronounce it.  Plan your journey in advance and always allow yourself some contingency in case you get lost or run into a traffic jam.
  • Dress professionally and appropriate to the organisation.  Pay close attention to your appearance and ensure all the little details are taken care of, for example polished shoes, ironed shirt etc. these minor details send messages to the interviewer.  Also personal hygiene is important, if you are a smoker please use mints etc.
  • Listen carefully to what is being said and look your interviewer in the eye. If there is more than one interviewer you need to ensure you concentrate on all members of the panel.  Respond honestly to the questions being asked.  If you do not know the answer to the questions, say so!  Don’t thumb suck, you will be found out!
  • If presented with an application, fill it out neatly and HONESTLY.