Candidate Interview Tips
Going for an interview can be pretty nerve racking, but the more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel and appear. It is surprising how many people go for interviews not knowing anything about the role, what suitable skills they have or even anything about the company.
Here are a few tips!
- Do some background research on the company before hand. (Company websites are an excellent source of information)
- Read through the job description beforehand making a note of your relevant skills and attributes
- Prepare any questions for the interview in advance
- When responding to questions try to think of examples that demonstrate your experience in real-life scenarios
- Look your best
- Check your route to the interview before the day and be on time
- Remember the interviewer/s name and what vacancy you have applied for
- Anyone you meet from this moment forward may directly or indirectly influence the final decision maker
- Take a copy of your CV with you so you can go through it with the interviewer
- Be confident, be yourself and be enthusiastic
- Show you are knowledgeable about the company and that you have prepared for the interview. Show you have the relevant skills for the job and be prepared to give examples
- Listen - sometimes people actually forget to listen to the questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for something to be repeated if you don’t understand or need clarification
- Smile and be confident but don’t over do it!
- Ask relevant questions i.e. Training given? What they are looking for in the successful applicant?
- At the end of the interview let them know if you are interested in the job and ask when you will hear from them and when they expect to make a decision
- Don't forget to say goodbye to reception as you leave, particularly if they have taken care of you whilst you were waiting