You will need to start strong, especially as the first 2 or 3 minutes of any interview are arguably the most important.
My Top 5 Tips for an Interview
The world of business is constantly changing, but one thing you can rely on (more or less) staying the same is that at some point in a selection process, you may be called in for an interview. This is it, the last chance you may have to get the job – but don’t see it as that; instead see it as an opportunity to sell yourself to the potential employers and state face-to-face what you can bring to the team. You will need to start strong, especially as the first 2 or 3 minutes of any interview are arguably the most important. As you prepare for the big day, keep the following tips in mind. If you take my top five tips on-board then you will leave a lasting impression on your potential employers.
My Top 5 Tips for an Interview:
1. Arrive prepared – do your research!
One of my favourite expressions applies here: “Fail to plan, and you plan to fail.” This is absolutely true! Make sure you have done your research on the company because you are likely to be asked a few questions about it. Look up points of interest as well, whether it is recent product launches and their sales or profits from previous years. If you can demonstrate that you have engaged with the company then you are serious about the opportunity. Finally, as well of the above, I suggest looking at trends in the industry. Thus, by doing this, you can offer possible strategies to take forward.
2. Rehearse your material and answers
There is never any guarantee that an interview is going to follow a set pattern or format, but you can usually be sure
that some questions will be mentioned at one point or another. These could be general ones such as: “Why did you apply for the role?” or “What do you bring to the team?” – either way, have answers for these sorts of questions ready; making sure you are prepared to answer the more regularly occurring interview questions so you can give your best and stand the best possible chance of being selected.
3. Look sharp! Dress to impress.
As awful as it sounds, appearance does matter. It comes down to first impressions, as most make a judgement about somebody before they say a word, simply going off how they look, and more importantly the way they are dressed. By simply making an effort, making sure shoes are polished and your tie is lined up correctly and that your shirt is not creased shows desire; as well as creating a stronger first impression.
4. Being nervous is good, but try and relax.
This again links to preparation. By arriving early for your interview, this allows you time to compose yourself and get your thoughts together. Just remember, do not rush what you are saying and speak clearly and think about what you are saying. Finally, smile and try to enjoy the opportunity; whilst also remembering that eye contact is key in these situations as it shows you are engaging and interested in what is happening.
5. Got some questions? Ask them.
Before you head into the interview, I feel that it is important to have a set of questions ready for the interviewer; this is your chance to find out more about the company itself from those that work there. I would suggest that after doing your research, try and prepare several questions that focus on particular areas. For example, “what are the long-term goals for this company?”
Article Title: Top Interview Techniques
Article by: Edward Harrington, Marketing Manager at Recruiter Asia.
Published: 08 October 2013
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