Career Advice/Interview Tips.
What is an interview?
An interview is an opportunity for both yourself and an employer to evaluate whether you are suited to the business, position and culture. A lot of people are not familiar with interviews and may lose out on an ideal opportunity due to not communicating and aligning their strengths and experiences to the position.
You must remember:
This is 45 mins for you to sell your skills to the business - support your strengths with practical experiences
Do your research:
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 such as their projects, locations, specialisation and background. Also take a look at the latest developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.
Practice your answers:
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.
Look the Part:
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.
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. Remember to speak clearly, smile and remember that your interviewers are just normal people, and they may 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 which will give you more information about the job and some which will delve deeper into the culture and goals of the company.