Preparing for Interview
Some time spent preparing will benefit you a great deal. By knowing what to expect you will be more confident and in control during your interview.
Always ensure you have the following information:
- The name and position of the person conducting the interview
- The company name, address and telephone number
- The format of the interview, will there be any tests to perform
- The likely length of the interview so you can leave yourself plenty of time
- A good knowledge of the company and the job. Your consultant will provide you with information but personal effort will greatly benefit you, enhance your credibility and reinforce your interest. Clients will often ask what you know of their company expecting you to have at least viewed their web site, make sure you do!
- Do not slouch or fidget with pens or business cards if you are given one
- Maintain eye contact with the interviewer - try to do this with all interviewers if there is more than one
- Always remain positive - do not give negative responses regarding previous employers or positions
- Think about your key strengths and weaknesses as this is a popular question
- Always ask at least one question - it is a perfect opportunity to clarify any queries. Your previous preparation will aid you to formulate possible questions relating to the company, for example, the structure of the department or opportunities for progression
- Know what is on your CV - if you cannot remember details the interviewer may have doubts regarding authenticity
- Thank them for their time - if you are interested in the position do not be afraid to say this
- If you are unsure by the end of the interview whether the position is for you, try to remain interested and enthusiastic. Another role within the same company may arise at a later date, and people who come across well at interview are often remembered
Questions to ask during the interview
The interview is a two way process. The company interviewing you will want to find out whether you are suitable to the position and you will want to find out if the company and position are right for you. You should therefore ensure that you have enough information to make up your mind.
Possible questions to ask may include:
- What would be a typical working day for this position?
- How would you describe your company culture?
- What has been your career path within the organisation?
- What will be the measurements of my success in this position?
- What are the company goals?
- What is the next step in the interviewing process?
- What training do you provide, and do you offer study support?
- What makes your company successful?
- What are your plans for growth?
- What makes your company better than your competitors?
- When can I expect to hear from?