Whether your interview is over the phone, video or face to face, there are some fundamental elements which you must consider. Remember, you only get one chance….
Before the Interview
- Be committed and find out as much as possible about the company. Visit their web site for more information on the company and also search the web for more information.
- Research the country and specific location. After all, you are going to be living there.
- Review your CV and make sure you have positive answers if the interviewer wants more detail on the information you have supplied.
- Read the job description carefully but remember that they have selected you for the job.
- Always have proof of achievement to back up everything you say.
In the Interview – What to do
- Look your smartest and show your most professional side during the interview. A company is more likely to hire someone who is well presented and who will therefore best represent their company.
- Be on time. If you are going to be late for any reason, please inform the recruiter on the employer in advance.
- If you are having a telephone interview ensure you are in a quiet area and ensure you have good network coverage if on a mobile. No screaming children in the background!
- If your interview is over video always ensure you are dressed professionally and in a quiet room with good connection. Always test your speakers / microphone in good time.
- Introduce yourself courteously and express yourself clearly.
- Show tact, manners, courtesy, and maturity at every opportunity.
- Be confident and maintain poise. The ability to handle your nerves during the interview will come across as confidence in your ability to handle the job.
- Be prepared to show how your experience would benefit the company.
- Ask questions concerning the company and the position for which you are being interviewed. An interviewer will be impressed by an eager and inquisitive mind.
- Take time to think and construct your answers to questions to avoid rushing into a vague and senseless reply.
- Ask if you can make notes during the interview.
- Be assertive without being aggressive.
- Get feedback from the interviewer to see how you did.
- Thank the interviewer and ask what the next step is.
In the Interview - What not to do
- Be late for the interview without any contact.
- Be unprepared for the interview.
- Say unfavourable things about previous employers.
- Make excuses for any failings.
- Give vague responses to questions.
- Show lack of career planning - no goals or purpose could convey the impression you're merely shopping around or only want the job for a short time.
- Show too much concern about rapid advancement.
- Over emphasise money. Your interviewing goal is to sell yourself to the interviewer and to get an offer of employment. Salary discussion is secondary.
- Show any reservations you may have about the role/company. You can always turn down second interviews and job offers after you have had time to appraise your concerns in the cold light of day.
- Demonstrate low moral standards.
- Express strong prejudices or any personal intolerance.
Body Language – How to act
- Be aware of cultural differences and ensure you do not make any faux pas.
- Maintain a high level of eye contact throughout.
- Remember not to be seen to be staring. Look away occasionally, looking confidently and calmly to the right or left; never look down.
- Be alert and enthusiastic - it's often a deciding factor in employing candidates. An indifferent attitude is instantly recognised, as "I don't care if I get this job."
- Smile, nod, and give non-verbal feedback to the interviewer.
- Do not hurry any movement.
- Relax with every breath.
- For telephone interviews, remember the phrase ‘smile while you dial’. A negative persona can be identified, even without being able to see the persons face.
Body Language – How not to act
- Have a poor greeting.
- Display laziness.
- Be aggressive or act in a superior, conceited or overbearing way.
- Have a poor voice, diction or grammar.
- Look distracted, look down or avoid eye contact.
- Talk too much. Answer questions as asked, without being abrupt.
- Lose concentration or attention.
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