Job Interview Guide
The interview allows employers to determine if your education, work experience, personality, skills and other abilities match the position and company’s image while also allowing you to determine whether the company and opportunity is right for you. A successful interview begins with making a great first impression with a positive outlook on the job, the company and most importantly about you. Keeping your options open is important. If you are offered the job you can decide whether or not you would like to accept the position. If you are rejected you will eliminate your choices.
Prior to the Interview
- Researching everything you can about the position and company will help you to make a great, knowledgeable first impression. Investigate the company’s website, any news articles available and any other resources you may have that will prepare you. This preparation will demonstrate to the interviewer that you are interested and enthusiastic about becoming part of the company.
- Always have a few questions to ask the interviewer. This will reinforce the interest that you have in the company.
- Some of the interviewing questions can be prepared for. Make a list of potential questions that you may be asked and prepare your answers thoroughly and professionally.
At the Beginning of the Interview
- Look good and stay positive. Your personal presentation says a lot about your personality, work ethic and importance to yourself and to the company. This is part of your first impression.
- Never accept a smoking invitation. Politely decline the invitation, even if you are interested.
- Always bring along an extra, original copy of your Resume in case your employer enquires about it. This will also show your preparation skills.
- Have a strong confident handshake.
- Eye contact is important. Maintain eye contact but not too intensely. Make the situation comfortable.
- Some interviewees will have to fill out some additional forms. Take your time as you do not want to rush your answers or forget a section. This information should also be accurate.
- Sometimes tests are required for positions. Make sure you understand the instructions entirely and do not be afraid to ask questions.
- Every interview experience is a learning experience. Study and learn from your past mistakes to prepare you for future interviews.
During the Interview
- Stay positive, energetic and relaxed. Remember to breathe.
- You want to be understood. Make sure you speak clearly without mumbling or using jargon.
- Always be sure that you understand the question. If you do not, ask the interviewer to repeat the question. You can also reiterate the question you believe you heard in order to ensure that it is the question that he/she wishes you to answer.
- Your answers should be concise without rambling on a tangent. Your answers should be positive and definitive. Your answers should not last for more than two minutes.
- Stay positive. Sometimes this is compromised when talking about past work experiences. The best way to avoid this situation is to refrain from complaining, gossiping or speaking negatively regarding your past experiences.
- Asking questions will demonstrate your interest in the company. Ask about the position, the company and its future plans. Refrain from questions that deal with benefits, holidays, sick days, vacation, etc. These questions may be asked sparingly during a second interview round.
- Refrain from speaking about salary. If the interviewer asks about your thoughts on salary, politely reply that your main concern is the job and working for the company, not the monetary factor. If you must say an income amount, reply what you have previously earned from past work experiences.
- A good way to end the interviewer is to ask if there is anything that he or she would like you to clarify regarding your background.
Ending the interview
- Always be polite and thank the interviewer for his/her time and the opportunity to meet with him/her. You may also mention your interest in the job and what the next step may be.
- Always shake hands firmly before leaving.
- Do not immediately ring someone once leaving the office or building. It is better to react once you are at home rather in the public eye.
After the interview
- Write down the questions that you were asked. This will help you to prepare for second interviews or future interviews with other companies.
- Reflect on your answers and how you may have been able to answer better.
- If there were any rough patches in the interview such as not understanding the question or being stumped on the spot, research the answer or reflect more to find a personal response.
- Any feedback you may have or were told could be very useful next time. You should know that there are only one or two points that separate the winning candidate from the runner up.
Confidence is key to a successful interview. You step into the interview room with all of the confidence in the world.
Before walking into an interview, you should brush up on what you should or should not say throughout the entire interviewing process.
During a job interview, it is very likely that you will hear some familiar questions. Prepare your statements for these questions and succeed in your interview.