Top 10 Interview Tips
Top 10 Interview Tips
Fail to plan and you plan to fail. In an interview, you will certainly be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework. An interviewer won’t expect you to know everything about them or to reel off their latest profits, but as a minimum they will expect you to have spent some time traversing the company website, the internet and LinkedIn in order to understand their business, what they do, the team and the role on offer.
2. Practice your answers
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job. A lot of interviews now consist of Competency Based Interviews and we have compiled information about CBI’s here
3. The Job
Make sure you have studied the Job Specification supplied by your consultant and that you have a good understanding of the role and how it fits into the organisation. Speak to your consultant to clarify anything you are unsure about.
4. Look the part
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that in any competitive market, you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and your accessories are subtle and in keeping with the job. Keep your mobile phone turned off and avoid chewing gum!
5. Stay calm
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers have sat in your position before and that it is natural to be slightly nervous.
Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and consider travelling to the company the day before or weekend before the interview to check out the journey. Look it up on Google streetview so you are aware of the surroundings. If travelling by train, keep an eye on the National Rail website in case of delays and factor in additional time to walk from to and from the station. Ensure you have adequate “backups” to get to your location on time.
7. Research the people who are interviewing you
Understanding the people you are meeting is really useful. Barker Munro will advise you who you are meeting and their role in the company but it is essential you try and research them on the internet before your meeting, I bet they have tried to research you! LinkedIn is a great tool and enables you to see more about them before you meet them.
8. Prepare some examples for CBI (Competency Based Interviews) type questions
A lot of companies now use Competency Based Interview questions as part of their rigorous interview process. They may also conduct Personality Profiling and do technical testing to ascertain your ability to do the role and suitability. Check back in to the Career Hub of the Barker Munro website for information around this and how to prepare some answers in readiness for the interview.
9. Ask questions
You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Try to avoid the obvious questions about money and benefits. Instead maybe focus on the culture, the progression, time spent on development of employees, what investment the company makes on exams, the set up of the department etc.
10. Say Thank you
Finally, thank the people interviewing you for their time, highlight your interest in the role and the company and make that all important good 1st impression!