When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation for the interview can oftentimes determine your chances of making it to the next step.
Interviews shouldn’t be a daunting experience and like everything in life a little preparation can make all the difference.
Find out what the Interview Format will be
Face-to face – the traditional and still most common form of interview. You will be questioned on your suitability for the job by an individual or panel. Face-to-face interviews usually last between 30 minutes and 1 hour, and may be preceded or followed by tests and exercises. The questions may be strengths-based or competency-based.
Telephone – most often used by employers early in the application process to filter large numbers of applicants down to a more manageable number. If you’re successful you’ll typically be invited to a face-to-face interview or assessment centre. Expect a telephone interview to last around half an hour.
Your performance in an interview depends, to a significant extent, on how well you prepare. Don’t leave this until the last minute. In the days leading up to the interview, focus your research on the:
You should consider how you’ll answer common interview questions please see some examples below:
As well as preparing some questions you’d like to ask the interviewer. You can also write and practice answers to common interview questions with someone you trust – possibly even recording yourself and then reviewing your performance.
Practical things to know
There are also some practical things to plan. Know when and where you’re going. Do a test run if possible. Who to ask for when arriving for an interview, find out who’s going to be interviewing you. Make sure you have a job description. Find out the dress code – dress smart to play it safe.
Ensure you have everything you need, such as:
As you’re preparing for the interview, think about ways you can show yourself in a positive light. Among the best techniques are:
As your job interview comes to an end, make sure you find out when you’ll be informed of the outcome – and thank the interviewer for giving you the chance to attend.
Make some notes about the questions that were asked and how you answered them while the interview is still fresh in your memory. This will help you prepare better for any future interviews.