Interview Hints and Tips
ALWAYS BE PREPARED and remember the 7 P’S
Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Particularly Poor Performance.
Interviews don’t have to be stressful and there is no need to panic or worry. If you have done your prior planning and preparation all you have do is be yourself and be confident.
Our top tips for successful interviews……
Research the company
Find out as much as you can about the company
Look at their website, social media pages, speak to people who may know the company, ask us the agency, we know our clients well.
Make sure you know as much as you can, this will give you confidence if you are asked “what do you know about our company” it will show that you have done your homework and will prove to the client you have a keen interest in the company.
Information you should know
- What do they do?
- Who are their clients – what market sector are they in?
- Who are their competitors?
- What projects have they worked on, big achievements? (company websites are great for finding out information)
Make sure you have answers ready
Some of the key questions asked in interviews:
- What do you know about us?
- Tell me what you know about the role you have applied for – you will have had all the information from us before your interview….if you have any questions just ask us.
- What interests you about our company and the job you have applied for, “why would you want to work for us?”
- What skills have you got that makes you suitable for this role?
Always be positive with your answers and never answer with “I don’t know”
Expand – don’t just answer with yes or no – give examples where you can
Always answer the question asked and try to stay focused with your answer, you don’t need to rush, take your time, and speak clearly and if you don’t understand the question don’t be afraid to ask what they mean.
Remember if it helps take a notepad with points to help you, this again shows you have done your research.
Have questions ready to ask the interviewer
It is always good to have at least 3 questions ready to ask the interviewer.
As much as you have to be right for the company, the company has to be right for you. It also shows an interest in the job and company.
A good question to ask is “what they are looking for in a person?”
Be enthusiastic and positive, stay focused and confident, they will look at your body language and how you engage with them. Don't sit with your arms folded. Try to be open and relaxed.
Keep eye contact, this shows you are interested and listening and don’t become easily distracted looking around and not staying focused. Eye contact portrays confidence.
Interview NO NO’S
- Don’t turn up late
- Don’t wear jeans and trainers unless you know this is acceptable
- Don’t chew gum – get rid of it before you go in
- Swearing – this is a definite NO
Things to DO
- Turn up at least 10-15 minutes before your interview – Plan ahead make sure you know where you are going and how to get there. Give yourself plenty of time and if you think you are going to be late….we understand that things do happen – CALL US and we can advise them and then apologise when you arrive.
- Know the name of the person interviewing you
- Introduce yourself
- Be friendly with your greeting “pleased to meet you”
- Have a firm hand shake
- Be polite and confident when you speak
- Dress the part. Most employers will expect you to be well dressed, remember first impressions count so get your best interview clothes on and go get that job.