There are many ways to approach interviews and of course each employer has their own criteria for what they believe to be the ‘perfect interview’ but here at Ascent we believe that the following 5 tips are the top tips for any interview!
Fail to plan and you plan to fail. You are certain to be asked specific questions about the company, so make sure you’ve done your homework on things like their last year’s profits and latest product launches. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.
Although there is no set format that every job interview will follow, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will crop up. You should prepare answers to some of the most common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as being able to explain why you would be the best person for the job. (Read more of the most common interview questions asked).
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly and that your accessories are subtle. Dressing one level above the job you’re applying for shows a desire to succeed – but that doesn’t mean arriving in your favourite golfing pants!
Good preparation is the key to staying in control. Plan your route, allowing extra time for any unexpected delays and get everything you need to take with you ready the night before. Speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people who might also be nervous too!
You should always have some questions for your interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. Prepare a minimum of five questions, some will give you more information about the job and some should delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company.
Whatever happens during the interview, good or bad, always call us after you finish, in many instances the client will also call us to get feedback on how you felt the interview went.