Brush your teeth and don't eat any coronation chicken sandwiches(Apparently it’s “hard to control and looks like vomit on a dark suit”)
Preparation To succeed at an interview, you need to know:
As much as possible about the company
As much as possible about the person interviewing you
As much as possible about the company’s products, services and market
Having this information helps you understand what the problem is the company are looking to solve.
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You always have the opportunity to ask questions in an interview. Don’t feel you necessarily need to wait until the end of the interview – there’s always an opportunity to ask questions, particularly if you’re being asked a question you don’t know the answer to
Ask about the company, its products, its market.
Ask about the role and the prospects within it. Ask about career path and where the job is going.
Use the answers you get to adapt your “pitch”.
Dumb Questions not to ask
Don’t ask how much the job is paying – make the company want you before you negotiate salary. If you’re asked what you’re looking for in a salary, be honest but brave.
Don’t ask these questions at all, even if you can’t think of other questions.
Features v Benefits Try and talk about what you’ve achieved rather than just who you are. Saying you’re “hard-working, reliable and a really fast learner” won’t get you anywhere Telling people that you edited the Uni newspaper / started your own business / worked three jobs whilst studying makes the same point in a much better way
Tough Interview Questions you’re bound to hear What are your strengths and weaknesses? This is a stupid question. If you get asked it, try this response: “Well, my strengths are A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M…etc. Oh, and I haven’t got any weaknesses.”
Tough Interview Questions you’re bound to hear Give me an example of a time when you did X This is a competency-based interview question designed to avoid a “Yes” or “No” answer to a question like “have you done X before?” (The most common one is “an example of a time when you worked really hard on multiple projects”) To answer these, always stick to the truth. These are hard in graduate interviews, but stick to simple examples. Don’t make stuff up – you’ll only fall over later on.
The Company’s on interview too… By then end of an interview, you should be at the point where you could confidently accept the job if you were offered it. Remember that the company must impress you as much as you must impress them.
You’ll often hear that it’s a good trick to try and “close” during the interview – I.e. ask the interviewer what they though.
This may work for salespeople, but in truth it makes the interviewer feel awkward and puts them off.
If they like you enough, they’ll tell you without you asking.
What really goes on in an interviewer’s mind? Can this person do the job? Can this person excel at this job? Would this person fit in? Do I like this person? Can I get this person interested in joining us?
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