Interview Advice

Job Interviews can take on many forms depending on the industry and the job level, requiring previous preparation from the candidate. Make sure you are fully prepared and confident in order to boost your chances of Success. Have a positive attitude and focus on practicing prior, so you feel confident enough on the day of your Interview.

A good way of managing stress before an Interview is to keep in mind that the interviewer has an interest in your profile, so don’t feel overwhelmed and have confidence in yourself.

Here are some Tips for Interview Success:

1. Prepare!
Review your CV and the “job advert” just before the interview. Do your research thoroughly: proactively go through the company website and understand its History, its Culture and Values, Products and other information so you are not caught by surprise during the interview. You may be asked about the salary you are after so make sure you research that as well.

2. First impression counts
Greet your interviewer with a smile and make eye contact. Try to make small talk during the walk from the reception area to the interview room. Interviewers subconsciously make a decision about a candidate in a matter of seconds, so be conscious about the way you sell yourself, paying close attention to the way you dress, your manners and attitude.

3. Don’t waffle
Give clear answers, even if you need a few moments of silence to collect your thoughts. It’s better to say you need a minute to think about your answer rather than speak instantly and regret it afterwards. Rephrase the question if necessary after taking a short moment to think, so to confirm the question.

4. Why should  they hire you
Most job adverts will be clear and precise about the qualities they’re looking for in a candidate. A team worker, a good communicator, so think of examples of how you can demonstrate these skills. Be ready to talk about what sets you apart from other candidates, be it your knowledge, experience, abilities or skills. Have at least three strong
points about yourself that you can relate to the company and the job.

5. Be positive
Your interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to work with you, so the last thing they’ll want to hear is you talking negatively about your boss or colleagues. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic. When speaking about a past negative experience, spin your situation into something positive, without making it too long. Do not be set back, sound confident, open and relaxed.

6. Expect the unexpected
Be prepared to keep your balance at all times, as you may face unexpected factors such as:

Questions: Your interviewer may try to catch you off guard. Most employers ask “killer” questions in interviews. Prepare answers to common interview questions about your personal strengths and weaknesses.

They might also use other assessing tools according to your Industry, these can range from Tests to Technical drawings and others.

Be prepared not to lose concentration in case the meeting is disrupted by outside factors, which could be people, noises, desk phones etc

7. Develop rapport
Show energy, sense of humor and smile. Ask pertinent and reasonable questions about the company and any issues the business is facing. Showing your interest will lead the company to understand your passion for the role, thus increasing your chances of your interview leading to an offer.

8. Clarify anything that you are unsure of
As the interview progresses, if you are not certain what is meant by a particular question, ask for clarification. Understand if the position was created anew or if it’s a replacement. At the end, ask the interviewer if there is anything else they need to know about, and ask what should be the next step.

9. Follow Up
Before leaving, ask the interviewer for a business card and follow it up within a day, by sending a thank you e-mail or letter, saying how much you enjoyed meeting them and how interested you are. Take the opportunity to detail the key advantages you bring.

If you do not hear back from them after a while, it’s possible you didn’t make the cut, but equally likely that the interviewer just got busy. Don’t be shy to politely and briefly call or email if you feel you have waited for too long.

If you hear back from the interviewer, but the news is bad, thank them for letting you know and politely ask if they could give you a feedback that could be useful for future interviews, even though they might say no due to professional ethics. Keep networking with them via LinkedIn.