Below are Interview tips and techniques in a concise and highly useful guide to help you with your job interview. Although some of the points listed may seem like basic common sense, you would be surprised at the number of people who forget them. We hope you find the information helpful. Remember, an interview is the time to ‘sell’ yourself and let your interviewer know that you are the perfect candidate for the job. Don’t let the nerves get to you. Just take a deep breath and dive in – but not before you’ve read the interview tips and techniques guide from CV-Shop!
It is important to prepare. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will feel and the less nervous you will appear. It could also determine whether or not
you are successful. Do your homework!
Research the Company
Ensure you know exactly what the company does, and where, the different departments and divisions it has, type of customers and who its competitors are etc. Your interviewer will expect you to know this information.
Research the job you are applying for
Be certain that you fully understand the job description. Think about why you feel you would be suitable for the job and practice suitable responses to this question. Consider the key skills that the role requires and make a list of occasions when you have used these skills to good effect.
No two interviewers are the same; you will encounter varying interview techniques and you will never be able to predict exactly what you will be asked. Despite this, you can still prepare yourself. Make a mental list of your strengths and qualifications that you would like to mention during the interview including any languages that you are able to speak, awards that you have gained, such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, sporting / personal achievements and any other relevant experiences. Whenever you are asked a question, it will provide a valuable opportunity to include some of this information in your answer. Don’t take it for granted that the interviewer will remember everything from your CV; they are more likely to be playing close attention to the answers you give, so include information from your CV whenever possible.
Before the Interview
Remember to dress appropriately for the kind of job you are applying for. If possible, find out what is expected beforehand, but if you are unsure, smart business dress is always most appropriate. Far better to be overdressed than underdressed!
Very importantly, ensure that you are punctual. If, for any reason, you think you are going to be late through circumstances beyond your control, be certain to call and let the interviewer know immediately. Don’t wait until you arrive to make your excuses.
Aim to arrive about fifteen minutes before your interview is scheduled. By the same token, it is not a good idea to arrive too early. If you do arrive at your destination early, wait at a nearby location before you announce yourself, and do not attempt to be seen before your interview time.
Keep in mind the following:
It is always a good to ask questions at the end of an interview. Try to think of some of your own, but in case nothing springs to mind here are some ideas:
If the interviewer has answered all of your prepared questions and you are unable to think of any others, let them know that you had prepared questions to ask but they have all been answered during the course of the interview.
Finally, don’t forget to thank the interviewer for their time.
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