as prepared as possible is the key to success in the interview game'
the prospective employer's website and browse through the "About
Us," "Employment," "Careers," "Our
People," and "Media" or "News" sections. The
State Library and other large public reference libraries will be able to
provide newspaper clippings on a given company so it might be worth a
visit. An annual report can also be a great source of information and
can be picked up from the reception desk of the company you are
interviewing with. Again, State Libraries keep the annual reports of
government organizations as well as a number of publicly listed
companies. If you are going through a recruitment firm, your consultant
should be only too happy (and impressed) to help you do your homework.
with a friend or family member is a great way to soothe pre-interview
nerves. In fact, do it! It will not only build confidence and
communication skills but will also help you get your thoughts straight.
Your rehearsal partner can tell you if you're speaking too quickly, if
your sentences are too long or your answers hard to follow. Rehearse
again and again until you feel your answers are flowing. Oh, and don't
get mad at your rehearsal partner when they raise improvement points.
They're on your side, remember?
the "behavioral interviewing" technique
is where the question requires the interviewee to provide an actual
example from their work or life experience. Questions will start with
words such as "Tell me about a time when..." or "Give me
an example of ...". The technique is built on the theory that best
predictor of future performance is past performance.
the interview, find out the name and title of each and every person you
will be meeting with. Memorise the names. Again, your recruitment
consultant should provide these. If you are dealing directly with the
company, it's perfectly acceptable to ask its HR department to provide
extra care with your appearance. Ensure your clothes are clean and well
ironed. Check for stains, stray threads and loose buttons. Avoid visual
distractions such as loud ties, chipped nail polish, heavy make up,
sheer fabrics, heavy ear rings, jewellery that jangles, overpowering
fragrances and unwashed hair or hair that flops into your eyes or needs
constant pushing back.
the morning of the interview, go for a walk or spend some time doing
stretches. You will breathe deeply, which will help you relax, have
better posture and therefore look the part of the successful candidate.
On the way to the interview, walk tall and smile. Strangers will smile
back at you and the receptionist at the interview firm will be nice to
you. By the time you hit the interview, you'll feel good. Remember, some
butterflies in the stomach are okay. Fear and excitement both cause
butterflies so tell yourself those flutters are excitement.
say anything negative about a past employer.
Don't interrupt anyone.
Keep your answers relatively short and to the point. If the interviewer
wants more information, he or she will ask for it. By the same token,
try to avoid answering with just a "yes" or "no".
Maintain good eye contact. If there is more than one person at the
interview, talk to both or all of them - no matter how junior or
Prepare something for when you are invited to ask questions. Two to
three questions is enough. Sound questions could include who you will be
reporting to, questions about the team you would be joining, career path
options, projects you could be working on. Salary and benefit questions
are best saved up until you have ultimate bargaining power - at the very
least, second interview stage. The point of ultimate power is the time
between being offered the job and accepting it.
Think carefully before accepting a drink. You might find yourself in a
chair without arms and out of reach of a table balancing a coffee, tea
or glass of water throughout the interview.
Smile - whenever appropriate of course.