Interview Tips

Very Important: If an emergency / problem come up on the day of the interview and you are unable to make it, immediately notify your consultant or the company. If you cannot reach either of them, leave a message with the switchboard operator. Forgetting to do this could jeopardize your chances on the opportunity.

Be well prepared: Get as much information on the company as possible; it always makes a good impression if you’ve done your homework. Also make sure you know what the job requirements are so that you can relate your experience to the employer’s needs.

  • Know the address and exact location of where the interview is taking place. Get a map and exact description of how to get there, where to park, which floor to go to, etc.
  • Get details of the position:
  • What skills do they look for?
  • Duties
  • Responsibilities
  • Reporting line
  • Promotional prospects
  • Machinery / equipment
  • Salary
  • Fringe benefits

If you have access to the Internet, look up the company’s website, it’s an excellent way of learning more about the company.

First impressions: The interviewer will start forming an opinion of you before you have said one word. Most employers believe that people who look as if they care about themselves are more likely to care about their job. Your goal should be to come across in the best possible light – attractive in the way you dress, in your gestures and facial expressions and in your speech.

Dress:
There is only one-way to dress for your interviews: Clean cut conservative.
Dressing appropriately is important to establish credibility and be seen as a person who can be part of a team.
A Professional corporate suit is the best form of dress for both men and women.

Ladies:

  • No extremely short skirts or daring plunging neckline
  • Wear light make – up
  • Wash your hair
  • Groom your nails
  • If they are too long, the employer will wonder if you can work with them
  • Use deodorant after showering to avoid body odour.

Men:

  • No earrings
  • Short and clean nails
  • Only where a tie with a quiet motif / print
  • Use deodorant after showering to avoid body odour

Forget about personal style. You can always wear your extravagant wardrobe once you have the job and know the company culture. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have! Absolutely no skin or tattoos showing, keep that for the weekend.

  • Do not be late: Be 10 – 15 minutes early and tell reception that you are early and that you will wait. It gives you a chance to look at company’s brochures and newsletter if displayed.
  • Remember to switch your cell phone off before you enter the interviewing venue.
  • Greet the prospective employer with a firm handshake and maintain eye contact throughout the interview. Sit upright but relaxed, do not cross your arms or slouch.
  • Answer questions with more than ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – use examples and offer explanations wherever possible.
  • Listen carefully to the interviewer’s questions. If you don’t understand the question, ask him / her to please repeat it.
  • When answering a question, observe the employers reaction to your answer – this will assist you to answer the next question in a way that would build more rapport

Interviewing questions are divided into 5 basic categories:

  • What kind of person are you?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What can you do for us?
  • What are your skills?
  • What are your goals?

Typical Questions you could prepare to ask

  • A detailed description of the position.
  • Why the position is available.
  • What is the culture of the company?
  • Anticipated induction and training programmes.
  • Company growth plans.

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