The interview is not the time to get to know about the post or the employers business. It is a chance for you and the employer to get to know one another.
Gather information about your employer before you are interviewed like what are their current projects, what other interest’s do they have? Check the companies’ website to understand what they do or what they produce. Look at their performance against their competitors. You could even look at them via Companies House to see what the company turnover is and who own them.
You should understand the job description, or ask someone in a similar post. Otherwise ring us to clarify.
Keep in mind that the employer is interested in you as a person, your experiences and your opinions do take the time to sit down and think about you, who you are and what you have achieved.
Remember to take your CV detailing your work record and what you have achieved. Make notes and prepare and rehearse key points about yourself.
When scheduled to attend an interview you must consider the following things:
Be on time!
- You have to confirm about the time, date and location of the interview and name of interviewee where appropriate.
- You have to plan to get there no earlier than half an hour before the interview time.
- You must look presentable and professional.
- If you have more than one interview, concentrate on one interview at a time.
- If you are asked to bring certificates, references etc., get them ready before the day. Your interview letter must be with you.
- On arrival ensure the receptionist knows you are there.
Public transport may be useless if the traffic is heavy. Always keep in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So be on time at the particular location of interview.
Also if you arrive very early, see if you can wait in a nearby coffee shop or shop. And if you are going to be late, then best option is call them or call us.
Write down and practice possible questions!
If you obtain the job description, think about some of the Technical questions that may be asked. It will make it easier to remember when you get to the interview. Avoid sounding as though you assume the job is yours.
It is fine to ask about the package. You could also try a fewer more testing questions such as how they differentiate themselves from their competitors or what they think the toughest / hardest part of the job is.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression!
First keep in mind that you never get a second chance to make a first impression so be careful.
Here are some points to remember:
Do not talk too much!
- Smiling is one of the things which may matter in your impression. A good smile goes a long way.
- Dressing is also an important thing. You should dress in professional manner. And must be formal looking.
- Do not forget to shake hands when arriving and leaving. In addition to this thank them for their time.
- Giving eye contact without glaring is showing your confidence.
Always remember that communication is two-way things so give them a chance. Also don't interrupt the interviewer when he/she is talking. Give him/her chance to talk.
One common mistake candidates make when interviewing is talking too much. It is important to listen to the question asked and answer that question. Keep your answers to two to three minutes at the most. When you limit your time, you tend to stay more focused. It is very easy to stray off the subject and ramble about things irrelevant to the job if your answer is too long.
Be enthusiastic and positive!
During the interview always be enthusiastic. Do not say bad points regarding your previous employers. Focus on positive achievements and views.
Check in During Interviews
Your initial interview answers should be brief. But some of your best stories may take time to detail, then after two minutes ask for permission to go on. You may say something like, "Now I have described about my project, would you like to hear about my role in detail?"
The best interviews have a give and take atmosphere. To do this, you need to ask questions and try to draw out your interviewer rather than talking about yourself non-stop. When it comes to talking during an interview, sometimes less is more. A general rule is you should speak one-third of the time and definitely no more than half of the time. When it is your turn to speak, do not hesitate to talk about yourself.
First Comes the Phone
Presently telephone screening is becoming very common. So you need to be prepared for the phone to ring at any time. These screenings may be for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on your answers and fit for the job. It is helpful if you have thought about questions likely to be asked during the screening and prepared your answers.
Look Them in the Eyes
Eye contact is showing your confidence. Eye contact is one of the most important aspects of nonverbal communication and can make a significant difference in how you present yourself. If you look away when speaking to someone, you are viewed as lacking confidence or interest. So always answer the question with eye contact to interviewer.
Look Better, Feel Better
If you want to spruce up your appearance for the interview but can not afford new clothes, consider altering an outfit you already have by pairing it with a different shirt, tie, blouse or accessory. Even on a tight budget, you can find some real bargains out there. Think about what you need before you go out shopping. Outlet stores and resale shops offer some great treasures. For better or worse, looks can make a difference.
Talk about specific achievements!
Interviewers like to know how you felt about a particular success. Some will ask for specific examples of things you have done that you are particularly proud of; how you solved problems; how you learned - and improved - from difficult situations.
Think of an Interview as a First Date
Instead of the Inquisition, think of a job interview as a first date: you are both trying to figure out if there is a match. This mind-set proffers many advantages. You come off as curious, not desperate, you do not assume that too-formal, phoney-appearing job-seeker persona, you talk about what you want to talk about instead of just passively getting bombarded with the employer's probes and you are more likely to ask questions during the interview. Those questions will help you assess if you really want the job. Treat the interview as a first date, and you will both be better informed when deciding whether you should hook up.