During the interview
Always remember to switch off mobile phones before entering the interview. If you forget and your phone rings during the interview do not under any circumstance answer the call. Switch the phone off and apologise to the interviewer for the interruption.
Regardless of the environment, do not under any circumstance use profanities or slang words. Be professional in your speech and manner.
Create a good first impression, on average you have approximately 30 seconds to impress.
Smile – it is natural to be nervous during an interview but do remember to smile.
Always give a firm handshake on introduction.
Maintain natural eye contact with the interviewer and remain attentive throughout the process.
Sit comfortably with both feet on the floor or cross legged. Put hand bags on the ground and maintain an open body language. Playing with your hair or putting your hands in your pocket creates a poor impression. Never over exaggerate using your hands or sit with your arms crossed.
Do not look at the time – If you are on a time limit, inform the interviewer when you first arrive. Looking at the wall clock or watch during an interview will be regarded as rude behaviour.
Be genuinely interested in the company and the role; concentrate on the interview – nothing else. If you are well organised and have planned for the interview your confidence will naturally increase.
Never give negative comments or criticism of a former employer during the interview; this will make you appear unprofessional.
Don’t discuss salary – Your consultant will discuss salary levels with you and what the role is paying. Unless the interviewer brings up the subject this is not a topic for discussion during the preliminary interview. If the interviewer does mention salary, be prepared to ask for what you want.
Be honest – speak up when answering questions, respond clearly and directly – provide an example where possible. Don’t mumble or over talk, if you don’t understand a question or know how to respond, be honest.
Typical questions you may be asked at an interview:
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Where do you want to be in five years’ time?
- Why do you want to leave your current employer?
- Why are you interested in joining this organisation?
- Why should we choose you?
- What do you know about us?
- What are you looking for from your next company/job?
- Are you a team player? Give examples.
- How do you respond under pressure/boredom?
Show interest and enthusiasm; know why you want the position and be able to express, specifically the marketable skills you have to offer the organisation.
When concluding the interview, thank the interviewer for their time, shake hands and smile. You can express genuine interest in the role at this time and speak positively affirming you look forward to speaking with them again.