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Good news! You’ve been offered an interview at a company you’re interested in.
When it comes to the attendance of an interview, your aim should be to:
Always remember that the interview is a SALES situation and you are the product!
You will be slightly nervous and a little adrenaline usually makes you perform better but you won’t want to appear too nervous, and preparation is the best way to reduce anxiety, and maximise your chances of achieving your goal at the same time.
Prepare the questions you will be asking during the interview. Ask questions to illustrate ‘the big picture’ and don’t bother with small detail. Have these questions written down
Good questions to ask might be:
One word of caution – at first interview, do not overdo the questions.
Many an interviewee has ruined his or her chances by poor presentation.
In both cases, the purpose is to not raise any questions by your attire.
On the day
Make sure you have no other commitments on the day – you don’t want to appear distracted if the interview takes longer than you imagined.
You are being interviewed because the employer wants to recruit someone – not because they want to trip you up or embarrass you.
Often the interviewer is under pressure to recruit someone, and may not be highly skilled as an interviewer. He or she is probably as nervous as you are. In any case, it is as important for them as it is for you to ensure that you are a good match for the company. You must also find out if they can offer you the career you are looking for.
Shrewd and practised interviewers will insist on questioning you first, to find out how you think and feel. However, it is much more helpful to you, if you can ask questions of the company first, in order to find out what is important to them, and then you can sell yourself more effectively to them. If you get a chance, after exchanging the usual pleasantries at the beginning, say something like ‘I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to meet you Mr Smith, and I have a few key questions that I’d like to ask you, if I may.’ Most interviewers are only too pleased that you appear to be taking the initiative, and will let you ask your questions first.
However, if the interviewer takes control and asks his questions first, don’t worry – just answer them honestly, and try not to make categorical statements about your preferences, so as to keep your options open.
Be prepared to answer questions
Do’s and Don’ts
Most common causes of failure
The most important thing!
Employers are always more interested in people who are keen on the job. If you are interested in the position, and would like to receive an offer, ASK FOR THE JOB!
Always close the interview properly, by expressing enthusiasm and actually asking for the job.
‘Mr Smith, I’m very interested in this position, and I’m sure I can do a good job for you. When will I be able to start?’ Or, if a second interview has been indicated ‘Mr Smith, you said earlier that there would have to be a second interview. I’m very interested in this position and I’m sure I can do a good job for you. Are there any reasons why I shouldn’t be invited back for a second interview?’
In either case, you may be told that the company has other people to see before a decision can be reached. You should at least agree a date to talk again to find out how to proceed ‘If I haven’t heard from you by next Friday Mr Smith, I’ll call you to find out where I stand, if that’s alright?’
Just as important…
Immediately after your interview you must telephone your consultant. Very often employers telephone us to give us feedback, and always ask ‘Have you heard from the candidate?’ It is much more encouraging to the employer if we can say that we have, and that you are very interested. Call us as soon as you leave the interview!