Tips regarding an interview with a prospective employer:

Whilst it is important to remember that an interview is a two way process and must benefit both employer and employee, remember that an interviewer will be judging you on you and how you will suit the position they are recruiting for. Some of the general criteria an employer would be looking for during an interview, would be:

  • Effective Communication skills and confidence
  • Likability
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Good Work Ethic, showing enthusiasm and a good positive attitude
  • Reliability and commitment
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Determination and Persistence
  • A team player who is able to work in harmony with co-workers
  • Eagerness and willingness to learn and to add to your knowledge base and skills
  • Problem Solving Ability
  • Loyalty
  • Self-motivation
  • Initiative
  • Ability to handle pressure
  • Leadership skills

 

Things you SHOULD do in an interview

  • Research the company you are visiting, the job you are applying for and the person who is conducting the interview before you get there. One way is to use Google Alerts to advise you of any related topics as part of your research
  • Be respectful and kind to everyone you meet from the time you arrive in the car park until you leave the car park. You never know who is who!
  • Arrive in good time
  • Advise interviewer if late or unable to make it for interview, prior to getting there.
  • Dress appropriately, neat and professional
  • Ensure you have all relevant documentation, resume, qualifications etc.
  • Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and a smile
  • Take note of interviewer/s name/s – use their name/s during the interview
  • Wait to be offered a seat
  • Be alert and make eye contact
  • Be aware of posture and body language
  • Speak clearly and concisely
  • LISTEN and interact
  • Ask for clarification if question is not clear rather than answer it randomly
  • Be yourself
  • Ask questions about the company/position
  • Make sure your cell phone is turned off during interview
  • Be truly honest
  • Use your recruitment consultant to give you a good idea about the type of environment etc. before you get there, so that you are appropriately attired and prepared
  • Have a full and accurate CV and copy for the interviewer
  • Show your enthusiasm in your replies and body language
  • Answer the question with more than a yes or no but try not to go over a 60 second limit

 

Things you SHOULD NOT do in an interview

  • Arrive late
  • Come unprepared
  • Dress inappropriately
  • Don’t wear too much perfume/cologne or smoke just before going into the interview
  • Mumble or speak softly
  • Appear flippant or disinterested
  • Sit down until offered a seat
  • Slouch or appear too relaxed
  • Run down present or past employers or superiors
  • Ask inappropriate or irrelevant questions
  • Discuss money at first interview unless they bring it up
  • Chew gum, eat, drink, smoke, swear or use slang during interview
  • Answer cell phone
  • Be dishonest
  • Discuss personal issues unless asked specifically
  • Fidget, rock on your chair, drum your fingers, tap your foot etc.
  • Eat garlic the night before!
  • Discuss politics or religion if job is completely unrelated