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10 Key Interview Tips
The interview process starts long before your actually meet with the interviewer. For every potential employer, or new manager that you meet, it is extremely important that you gather as much data as possible before your interview. Preparing will make you feel confident and you won’t be nervous if you are asked specific company-related questions.
The information you gather in advance of the meeting will assist you to answer the inevitable question: ‘Why do you want to work here?’
Your advance research may also help you to uncover areas that may be of concern to you that you may need to address during your discussions.
Find out the name and the job title of those who are going to see you.
Making a good impression during an interview is important
Here are ten basic tips to convince a prospective employer that you are the one for the job.
1. Dress professionally. ‘Professional’ can mean so many things these days. Basically, whether the company’s dress code is formal or casual, make an effort to look presentable and well groomed. It matters.
2. Location. Make sure you know where the interview is to be held, and how long it will take you to get there.
3. Punctuality. Be punctual, arriving about ten minutes early is about right. If you arrive too early you may put pressure on those who are to see you. Ten minutes gives you time to relax, to check you’re grooming and a chance to look around the organisation. You can learn a great deal about another organisation by seeing how well you are received. If you have been unavoidably delayed, make sure you let your interviewer know.
4. Carry an extra copy of your CV with you when attending the interview.
5. Make eye contact. It shows that you are focused and confident.
6. Show interest in, and enthusiasm for, the company.
7. Try to keep your answers down to 60 seconds. You don’t want to be monosyllabic, but long-winded replies will make the employer lose interest and you might lose your own thread.
8. Listen carefully and answer questions directly. If you are unclear about a question, ask the interviewer to clarify.
9. Be prepared to discuss how what you’ve done in the past will affect how you’ll perform in a future role. Give examples that demonstrate your value.
10. Ask questions. Sharp questions will show that you are proactive and want to make sure that this company is the right place for you.
General Interview Question Examples
1. Tell me about yourself.
2. What do you know about our company?
3. Why do you want to work for us?
Don’t talk about what you want; first talk about their needs.
4. What can you do for us that someone else can’t?
5. What do you find the most attractive about this position?
6. Why should we hire you?
7. What do you look for in a job?
8. How long would it take you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?
9. How long would you stay with us?
10. Why are you leaving your present job?
11. Why haven’t you found a new position before now?
12. What other types of jobs or companies are you considering?
13. Describe what you feel to be an ideal working environment.
14. What do you think of your current boss?
Salary Question Examples
1. How much are you looking for?
2. How much would you expect, if we offer you this position?
3. What kind of salary are you worth?
Personality Question Examples
1. What are your interests?
2. How would you describe your own personality?
Interviewee Question Examples
Questions you may want to ask – only after there is an established mutual interest. All questions asked should be:
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