Interview Skills

Job Interview Tips

Congratulations, your hard work has paid off and now you have secured yourself an interview, so what do you do now? No, you do not panic! You prepare!

Research

The more research you do, the more prepared you will feel. Visit the company's website and social media channels for information about the company and the people conducting the interview. Ask your friends and family if they know the company. Use this research to understand the nature of the role that you have applied for and the company you will be working for. Create a list of questions that you can ask about the company from your research.

Prepare Interview question responses

Think about the questions that you may be asked in your interview and plan how you could answer these, you will then appear confident, prepared and knowledgeable which will increase your chances of being offered the position.

common interview questions include

  • Why do you want this role?
  • What do you feel you could bring to this role?
  • Describe a situation when you worked as part of a team?
  • How did you deal with a demanding conflict?
  • What has been your greatest achievement?
  • How would you describe yourself?

Appearance

Plan your wardrobe in advance It is better to be overdressed than under. Ensure your clothing fits, is clean and ironed, keeping accessories to a minimum. 

Try to avoid strong smelling foods prior to the interview, you want to leave your personality as a memory, not the garlic curry you had for lunch.

Arrival

Plan your journey in advance, check the times of public transport, or parking availability. Aim to arrive 15 minutes early to allow yourself time to settle.

Make Good First Impressions

Be polite to everyone, the employer may ask the receptionist or other colleagues about how you greeted them. Greet your interviewer with a strong handshake, smile and make eye contact. Show a positive attitude and enthusiasm for the role. No slouching or crossed arms! Your body language is just as important, avoid fidgeting, mumbling or playing with your pen. Focus on smiling, good posture and eye contact.

Consider your answers

Always answer truthfully with solid examples and achievements. Aim to keep your answer swift and concise, try to avoid going off point with nerves.  Your preparation for potential questions should help you do this. Keep your answers relevant to your suitability for this job, do not insult your current/previous employer.

Ask Questions

Asking questions shows that you have prepared and you are interested. Ensure you prepare a few questions to ask so that even if the interviewer explains everything thoroughly within the interview, you still have something to ask.

Questions you could ask at the interview include:

  • Where do you think the company is headed in the next 5 years?
  • What is the next step in this process?
  • What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?
  • What is your favorite part about working here?

The End of the Interview

Thank the interviewer and ask them for a timescale for the next steps in the process. 

Good luck