What are you looking to achieve on attending an interview - either a second interview or a job offer. The interviewer has almost certainly seen your CV and therefore you can assume your skills and experience broadly match those required for the job. The interview provides you with the chance to really sell your personality and convince the interviewer that your skills match their requirements of the position.
You should confirm the interview and how to get to the company -this is best done by telephone.
You should also confirm the name of your interviewer, their title and the correct pronunciation of their name.
It is a good idea to study your CV and prepare answers to the most likely questions. Preparation time is rarely wasted.
Research the company, the job, and, if relevant, the person who will be conducting the interview.
Answering and Asking Questions
It is vital to know every component of your CV, identifying your strengths and weaknesses. You must be prepared to explain both changes in employment and career and be honest as this shows maturity.
It is always good to take another copy of your CV so you are able to refer to it during your interview and if necessary, take a photo with you so the Interviewer can refer to it in the future. It is also best to take copies of your certificates and examples of your work, as this may be required.
Prepare for the probable questions how do you see yourself as an employee, what have you achieved, what are your goals/ambitions, and practice your answers in a `mock interview´ if possible, so that you know exactly what to say. Below are some questions that are likely to be asked:
- Describe your current job and responsibilities.
- How do your skills and experience relate to this job?
- What are your achievements in your current job?
- Why do you want to change jobs?
- Why are you interested in this job?
- Why do you want to work for this company?
- How do you work in a team?
- What are your career objectives over the coming two or three years?
- Where do you see yourself in five or ten year's time?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your hobbies?
Make sure you know what the job entails get a job description or ask for clarification.
Below is a list of possible questions to ask:
- Who will I be reporting to?
- What sort of training program is available?
- How many other people will be working on my project / in my department?
- Why has the job become available?
- What is the culture of the company?
- What are the company's plans for future development?
As the interview ends
You will more than likely have the opportunity to ask the interviewer questions at the end of the interview so use this chance to demonstrate that you have done some research on the company, and further to clarify any grey areas.
Do not be afraid to ask about the next step of the recruitment process as questions phrased in the right manner will not appear pushy. You can then gauge this and it will provide a useful timescale as to when you can expect to know if you have been successful.
Examples include - How many candidates are being interviewed for this job? When is the closing date for interviews?
As the interview closes, thank the interviewer for their time.
Interview Dos and Don'ts:
- Keep your answer concise and concentrate on the facts not opinions.
- Speak clearly and confidently and do not allow yourself to be discouraged.
- Always think before you speak - it is too easy to waffle when you are nervous.
- Constantly remind yourself that you have something to sell and focus on how you can make a positive contribution in the role.
- Try to be too clever.
- Lie, pretend or give evasive answers.
- Lose your temper, get flustered, panic.
- Criticise your former employers.