In a first interview, an employer is looking for an individual who inspires confidence and has positive energy. During this interview it is important to smile, offer a firm and confident handshake and maintain good eye contact. Remember that the interviewer is assessing not only if you can do the job, but how you will interact with other employees, suppliers and clients.
Knowing your CV and popular Interview Questions:
An employer has more than likely read your CV so when asked about yourself do not read it back to them. This is your opportunity to bring the 2 pages to life, show them how and why you did certain things, elaborate with examples – this is your chance to shine!
It is difficult to anticipate what questions you may be asked at interview, but you can prepare for the most commonly asked questions. Some of these include:
• Tell me about yourself?
• Why did you apply to this role?
• What do you know about this company?
• Why are your strengths /weaknesses?
• Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
• What are your salary expectations?
• What have you been doing since your last job?
• Do you have any questions you would like to ask?
Also while preparing for what questions to ask you should also Google the interviewers, look at their LinkedIn page which will give you an understanding of their background which should help you gain some insight into some potential questions they may ask based on their own experience. And remember don’t fall down by simply answering the question correctly, make sure you show your enthusiasm and energy and passion for this role.
Practice: You wouldn’t run a marathon without doing any training. Likewise doing an interview without getting a few practice runs in is not recommended, regardless of how confident you are. Practice is essential – at the very least Practise by yourself or with a friend. You should practice your answers out loud – answers have a habit of sounding much better in our heads. Using a professional interview coach, saves time and can dramatically improve your performance. They can quickly identify your areas of weakness and will work with you to overcome them.
Tips you probably already know, but here’s a reminder:
Don’t forget a copy of your CV, for you and the interviewer. An interviewer may refer to dates which can confuse the best of us if it is a long time ago, this shouldn’t cause you any stress if you have the information in front of you. Do be 15 minutes early in anticipation of traffic problems or other unanticipated delays. Also, know where you’re going. If possible travel the route the day before. Late arrival for a job interview is never excusable.
Dress professionally regardless of the perceived culture of the company. If you get the job then you can dress similarly to your colleagues.
Know the time and place of the interview and the interviewers full name and title!
Know and fully understand the job description of the position for which you are interviewing and company’s business overview.
Best of Luck, and feel free to contact one of our specialist recruitment consultants should you need any advice!