Hints and Tips

Giving you the advantage over other applicants

It is often the small details which can make the difference in securing your ideal job offer. Proper preparation before the interview will give you the advantage over other applicants, and remember that a positive attitude is essential to convince the employer to offer you that lucrative position.

Hints and tipsHere are some helpful hints on interview preparation:

Research

Research the company in as much detail as you can. Review the company website, noting any recent news, and request a copy of their Annual Report. Your consultant will have expert knowledge of the client, the environment you will be working in, the company culture as well as the employer’s expectations and candidate requirements. Take advantage of their experience to help you secure your ideal role.

It is important to find out specific facts about the company:

  • What are its products and services?
  • What is its growth potential for the future?
  • Who are its main competitors?
  • How is it viewed in the market place?

Ensure that you are up to speed with the facts and figures of your present or former employer. You will be expected to have in depth knowledge of the companies you have previously worked for.

 

DURING THE INTERVIEW

Interviews can be daunting for even the most experienced job seeker, below are some tips for basic interview dos and don’ts to help in your preparation.

Interview Dos

  • Introduce yourself courteously
  • Arrive on time or earlier if possible
  • Express yourself clearly
  • Smile during the interview
  • Show how your experience can benefit the company
  • Ask questions concerning the company for which you are being interviewed for
  • Construct your answers carefully
  • Show willingness to learn and progress
  • Be assertive without being aggressive
  • Switch your mobile off during the interview!
  • Prepare 10 relevant questions, you’ll probably cover 5 in the interview

Interview Don’ts

  • Don’t be late for the interview
  • Don’t be unprepared for the interview
  • Don’t answer questions with a “Yes” or “No”. Expand whenever possible
  • Don’t lie. Answer all questions truthfully and honestly
  • Don’t overemphasise money. Do not discuss salary in the 1st interview unless they do; getting the job at this stage is the main priority – salary negotiations will follow
  • Don’t say negative things about previous employers
  • Don’t show lack of career planning

For every responsibility/requirement on the job specification, ensure you have at least one example of an experience or a transferable skill that covers that requirement for the interview.

 

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