When attending an interview it is important to make sure that your first impression counts. An interviewer’s first impression of you will be judged from the way that you are presented, how you act and how you sound. Arriving 10-15 minutes early is a good way to get off on the right foot. In preparation for the interview, think about the types of questions that you are likely to be asked and plan your answers, making a few points on each and providing examples where possible. If you have access to a job description regarding the role that you are being interviewed for, you should focus on the key elements of the role and think of ways that they relate to your skills and previous experiences. Make sure to also visit the company website and write down some key points about the organisation, along with some questions that you feel like you would like to ask. It would be advisable to take relevant certificates of qualification and other documents of achievement along with your notes to the interview. Taking notes into an interview is not seen as a bad thing. As long as the notes are presented neatly and are not read as a script but more of an aid to assist your answers, they can definitely be more of a help than hindrance.
Examples of some of the popular interview questions to prepare for are:
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why should we employ you?
- What do you know about us?
- Why are you interested in this job?
- What would you consider to be your achievements in your career so far?
When providing your answers to any of the questions that you are asked make sure that you are direct and to the point, getting side tracked and talking about irrelevant topics won’t do you any favours. It would be good to try to get into conversation how your role is similar to the one that you are being interviewed for to show your ability to do the job. When talking about your skills, back them up with an example of where they have been used previously and provide figures if and where possible. Show some enthusiasm towards the role and express your interest and be polite by thanking the interviewer for seeing you.
During the interview be confident but don’t over do it and if you feel like you are nervous and it may be affecting your ability to answer the questions it would be advisable to make it known as it may help the interviewer make allowances.