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Interview Techniques

Research the Company – Few job applicants actually research a company when they are submitting job applications. Once you setup an interview date and time, you should do your research. Applicants who walk into an interview with knowledge on the company can quickly respond to unexpected questions. It is not uncommon for an interviewer to ask an interviewee why they want to work for the company. If you know nothing about the financial stability for example the company in recent years, it could be difficult to answer this question. Researching the company before you attend your interview will give you leverage during the interview process. Show your knowledge of the company by having some facts and figures at the ready, such as:

  • the size of the organisation
  • what the product or service is
  • last year’s turnover figures
  • latest developments in the field
  • the history, goals, image and philosophy of the employer.

Understand the key responsibilities and duties of the role – After you do your research on the company, you should delve a bit deeper to research the position. Most job applicants apply for more than 10 jobs at a time. It is easy to mix up companies and positions when you receive a phone call. Log on to the company’s website and search the careers section of the site. Here you can usually find a detailed description of the duties and responsibilities for the position you are applying for. When you are asked what skills you possess you can focus on skills that relate to these duties.

Find out where the venue for your interview will be held beforehand – look into the best route to get to your destination and how long it takes – Don’t be late! Always ensure you are at the office at least 10 minutes early.

Pick Out the right suit for your interview – Interviewees should always be presentable. Your outfit and your attitude play a huge role in the company’s first impression of you. You could be the perfect person for the job yet rule yourself out by wearing inappropriate attire: First impressions are difficult to get past. You must make sure you give the best first impression possible. Do not dress down unless the company tells you to. Business formal attire is strongly recommended. This confidence will show during your interview.

Turn off your mobile phone – Treat the interviewers with respect and give them your undivided attention. A phone ringing whilst being interviewed will make you look unprofessional and disinterested.

Keep your answers focused – Think about what you can do for the employer, not what they can do for you – If you have researched the company and read the detailed job and person specification then you will easily be able to match your key skills and potential to the company

Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview – use it as an opportunity to find out more about the role and the company. These questions should not be based on just money and benefits but the future of the position, the team member’s, company objectives, training, why the interviewer joined the company and the culture.

Think about what your goals are and where you perhaps see yourself in five year’s time – Show the interviewer that you are ambitious and dedicated. Some individuals have interview anxiety. If you get anxious always remember to breathe deeply and slowly. Conversational interviewing is best: Avoid sounding scripted and always stay professional. The company’s representative will form a first impression of you within 2 minutes of meeting. Make the first two minutes count and show can be a valuable asset to the company. So remember not to slouch in your chair, speak clearly, don’t lie, never raise your voice or use slang or swear during your interview and don’t speak negatively about previous employers.

Typical strengths employers look for are:

  1. Communication – The ability to get on with a wide range of people
  2. Team working – The ability to be an effective team leader or team member
  3. Good attitude – Hard worker, honest, polite, co-operative
  4. Problem solving – Using your initiative to identify solutions
  5. Enthusiasm – Be positive and show good work ethic
  6. Quick learner – Show you can take on new tasks and progress
  7. Determination – show you are focused on achieving goals
  8. Flexibility – Ability to perform different tasks to achieve a common goal.

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