Job Interviews

Centastaff’s Tips For Your Job Interview

Preparation
• Remember perception is reality – Always dress to impress: ie no matter what the position is that you are applying for always dress in a suit or nice pants/skirt and freshly ironed shirt.
• Research the company prior to interview so you are well versed with the organizations values, culture and business.
• Know what you are letting yourself in for, who will be interviewing you, how many people will be interviewing you and what the interview process is.
• Be prepared with interview responses, such as behavioural based answers that demonstrate your experience and ability in certain situations.
• Be prepared with questions at the end of the interview. If all your questions have been answered confirm the relevant skills & attributes of the role to demonstrate your full understanding of the requirements.

Technique
• Practice your interview technique in front of the mirror so that you are portraying yourself in an articulate interesting manner.
• Remember to answer the question you are asked and to stop once you have done this. Do not keep talking as it is really hard to interview someone who keeps going on and on. The interviewer doesn’t need to know your whole life story. Keep your answers succinct, to-the-point and focused and don’t ramble – simply answer the question.
• Remember to answer questions with full sentences and not one word. Not talking enough can be just as bad as talking too much.
• Bad mouthing past employers and colleagues is something that you should never do; even if it is true. You just never know whether they are customer of the organization and it doesn’t say much for you if you hated everyone you worked with.
• Be clear on the dates you worked at a particular company/job. Never grab your resume and check it like you don’t know what you have written on it.
• Never take a copy of your resume and read through it looking for the answers to questions you may be asked. You should know off the top of your head what your duties & responsibilities were in a particular role and should not need to refer to your resume.

Etiquette
• Always arrive on time, not too early or too late.
• Always smile and give a firm handshake when greeting your interviewer.
• Always switch your mobile off.
• Always make eye contact with the interviewer.
• Never chew gum during an interview.
• Stay calm, during an interview try to relax and stay as calm as possible. Try to remember the interviewer is only trying to understand who you are and what you can bring to the organization.
• Always thank the interviewer after the interview for their time and confirm that you are looking forward to hearing from them in the near future.

Remember the interview is an opportunity for you to get to know the employer and find out more about the position as much as it is for them to find out about you. Remember not all positions you are applying for will be right for you. It is about finding the right match for both you and the employer.

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