What is an interview? An interview is a conversation with a purpose. It is a two-way marketing exercise. An Employer can find out more about you that they may not know from looking at a Resume or by talking to you on the phone. An interview gives you a chance to demonstrate your suitability for the position, company and team. It also gives you the opportunity to learn about the company and the position.
Telephone Interviews Group Interviews Panel Interviews One-on-One Interviews
Preparing for your Interview First thing to do is research the Company and the position so you have a better understanding of what kind of services or products the organisation provides. Knowing more about the company will assist with tailoring your answers during the interview, show initiative and help develop some great questions to ask the Employer at the end of the interview. Some ways to find out information on the Company are the Internet, Brochures, talk to someone or your employment consultant.
Casual attire such as jeans, t-shirts, thongs etc are not suitable interview attire Business attire can consist of nice ironed blouse/shirt, pants/skirt, ties or jacket etc. Grooming & Attire
It is important that you attend an interview well presented and well groomed.
You must ensure:
Your clothes are clean and ironed
You are showered and your hair is clean and well groomed
You do not wear overpowering cologne or perfume
You do not smell of cigarette, alcohol or strong smelling foods
If you have facial hair, that it is well groomed
Before the Interview Make sure that before the interview you know how to get there. Be sure of the address, check directions and check how long it will take you to get there. Always allow for delays in traffic/public transport).
There are a few commonly asked interview questions and with information about the company you can prepare the answers to these questions in advance. This will help you feel more confident and impress the employer.
A few commonly asked questions are:
Tell me about yourself…
What do you think you have to offer this company?
Why did you leave your last job?
Why do you want to do this job / work for this company?
What do you believe are your key strengths?
What do you believe are your weaknesses?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
Do you work well under pressure?
Last but not least, if you are sick still attend the interview unless you are extremely sick. If you do not attend you may not get another interview, as the employer may be come doubtful about your reliability or enthusiasm.
1 st Stage – Building Rapport with the Employer and your first impression. 2nd Stage – Questions & Answers, and getting to know you. OPENING MIDDLE CLOSING 3rd Stage – Summarising and where to from here.
Initial Greeting: Wait for the Interviewer to offer their hand before shaking it Posture – sit up right when in the interview and place hands in lap to avoid fidgeting Ensure your appearance and presentation is professional You only have once chance to make a good impression!
BODY LANGUAGE Did you know that 90% of your message is in your non-verbal communication!