Preparing for your job interview

Job interviews can be very stressful but they don't need to be, especially if you are well prepared. The below tips will help you to confidently demonstrate to the interviewer you are well prepared and ready to take on the challenges of the job on offer.

As with most things, preparation is the key to success. When it comes to job interviews, you cannot prepare enough!

Be prepared to address the job criteria

Look at the company's job criteria as provided in the advertisement or job description. Think of examples of your previous work experience and how they relate to the job criteria. This is where you can demonstrate real examples of how your skills and experience relate to the job, where you can add value to the company and why you are the best person for the job.

Research the company

Investigate the company thoroughly. This can be done by surfing the web, reading the latest annual report, checking news articles and generally getting a feel for the facts and figures so you can draw on them in your interview.

Make sure you understand what the company produces and the equipment they use, or if it is a service company, who their customers are and the types of services they provide.

Feel free to contact your interviewer for more information, such as corporate profiles to be sent to you. This will also show the interviewer that you are serious about your application.

Prepare Questions for the Interviewer

After completing your research, take the time to think of some relevant and insightful questions to ask. Remember, you want to make sure this is the right job for you, so use the interview to ask as many questions as possible.

Determine if the person interviewing you is the person you will be working for or someone from the HR area. This will help you decide what questions to ask.

Your job interview

First and foremost...DON'T BE LATE!

  • It is important to make a good first impression, so remember to dress appropriately (usually conservatively), do not chew gum or smell of smoke and above!
  • Don't talk too fast. Take your time during the interview and pause if you need to. A pause is never as long as it seems and this shows you are thinking about what you are going to say next.
  • Use solid, real-life examples to answer questions. Choose examples that will address the criteria directly and convince your interviewer you have the experience to do the job.
  • You can take notes into the interview if you want something to refer to. Keep your notes simple so you don't have to wade through them to find the information you need. Bullet points should do the trick.
  • Don't put down or say anything negative about your previous employers. Always remain diplomatic and positive.
  • Don't ask about the pay or salary until the very end of the interview.
  • Stay focused, be confident and remember to smile.

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