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Interview Tips

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The interview process allows you to demonstrate that you are the right candidate for the job. Interviews can last anywhere between 40 minutes to 2 hours depending on the meeting. Most of the time the interview is with more than one interviewer to raise a second opinion and to make sure the right candidate is hired for the job.

Before the Interview

Once you have secured the job interview the first thing to do is research the company by taking a look at their website and making notes on how long they have been established and what is their core business.  The second thing to do is write down the questions you will ask at the interview. From an employer’s perspective this is ‘well pre-meditated’ that’s the effect you want. Having a list of questions before you walk into the interview causes two things, it makes you look like you’ve done your research and it fills the awkward silences when the interviewer runs out of questions to ask. It also puts at least a portion of the interview in your control.

The worst behaviour is not to ask questions. You cannot succeed in a job interview without asking well-considered questions. Recruiters expect candidates to ask enough questions to form an opinion about whether they want the job or not.

Understand the Company Challenges

Make notes on how you can help the company meet their challenges. Show your interest by asking the right questions. The best way in our industry is to demonstrate your skills by using the project analysis template. The recruiting manager will be highly impressed that you have taken your time out to put this together. Companies wish to hire candidates that add significant value from day one. The recruiting manager will wish to see immediate evidence that you are action orientated, engaged with long term plans, committed and challenged. These are the attributes that will get you the job. Your ability to ask meaningful questions will tell the interviewer if you project the first set of attributes. The chemistry between you and the manager (interviewer) should be pretty good.

The better prepared you are the more relaxed and comfortable you will be. Being unprepared will be obvious in your body language hence it’s important that you know enough about the company before you attend the interview.

Having a questioning attitude will show; 

  • Interest - You have taken the trouble to investigate the job.                          
  • Intelligence - You really understand the requirements of the job.
  • Confidence - You have everything it takes to do the job.
  • Personal Appeal - You are the type of candidate who will fit in well.
  • Assertiveness - You ask for the job.

Asking questions is an excellent way to demonstrate your experience and qualifications. The questions you choose indicate your depth knowledge of your field as well as your general level of intelligence. Asking questions also enables you to break down the formal interviewer, candidate relationships, establish an easy flow conversation and build trust and rapport. The matter of rapport is critical. What gives you the job is rapport.

Writing Questions will:

  • Articulate your thoughts.
  • It helps to prioritize your issues.
  • It helps you to remember (especially the nervous or the anxiety of the interview, you can easily forget a question you may want to ask).
  • It improves your performance (it breeds confidence).
  • It makes you look prepared.

Dress Code

Interviews are really important and first impressions count. It is extremely important how to look, act and dress professionally. A business suit should be worn, clean shoes, hands, nails and well groomed. It is so important that our appearance is professional and clean. It is well known fact that the interviewer makes their first impression as soon as you walk in through the door. The remainder of the interview is confirming this opinion. 

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