Tips for Interview


Job search techniques change, the labour market changes and job descriptions change. But what more or less stays the same is the job interview. It’s your chance to sell yourself. The first 30 seconds of a job interview are the most important – so if you want to be a cut above the rest you need to be on the ball.

Here are 10 tips for interview success.


1. First impression is essential!!  Never forget this!!

 Greet your interviewer with a smile and firm handshake.  Ask the interviewer how he or she is doing.  Just a simple "hi, how are you" would work well enough.  Make sure to give the interviewer eye contact.  Try the best of your ability to look and feel as confident as possible.  A confident person tends to be a lot more successful than a person who is afraid.  Also, make sure to dress up nice to the interview.  Wearing a suit and a tie would work so consider doing that, but make sure that the clothes you wear are neat and clean.  Being neat and clean is what matters the most.  Also, try to have a small conversation before the interview starts.


2. Be prepared

 Do some research on the internet regarding any interesting information on finishing an interview successfully.  Try to do it ASAP so you can feel confident.  Also, go through your resume several times just to remember all the information that is kept on there.  This is the stuff the interviewer may most likely ask questions on.  Take a look at the company website and find some useful information about that particular company.  Interviewer may ask why you are interested in getting the job you applied for.



3. Learn how to answer questions which the interviewer may ask you.

Make sure you don't suddenly stop talking when you are asked a question and need to answer.  Even if you need to think of what you are going to say, try to minimize the time you remain silent.  If you really feel like you need more time, then let the interviewer know that.  Otherwise, you may say something accidently and may end up worrying about it later. 



4. What skills do employers look for

 Employers generally want employers with certain skills.  We are referring to non-technical skills here.  Being an effective team player and being able to communicate are two of the essential skills needed in many job positions.  Being highly motivated and a hard worker definitely counts.  No doubt about that!!!!  Sometimes, being able to think outside the box and being able to problem solve would be good depending on the field of the job.  If it's an engineering job, then these skills would most likely come in handy.  So try to work on having these kinds of skills soon if you haven't done so already.  Almost any employer would want it.  The more skills you have, the better.  The technical skills you must have is, of course, related to the job itself.  Different fields of jobs would require different technical skills.  Again, try to have as many technical skills as possible.



5. Have faith in yourself

Of course, this is important.  Being positive and determined are two tips to being successful.  These tips are more likely to increase your chance of success.  This is because it keeps your energy and motivation up so you tend to do a lot better.  But on the other hand, being scared is going to cause wrong results because you tend to not think properly when an interviewer asks you questions.  People who are nervous tend to do poorly than people who are confident.  So feel confident that you will do well and possibly impress the employer.  Try to look as interested as possible regarding the job offer.

6. Remember your body language
It is not what you say, but how you say it. During the interview, do not fold your arms and lean back or look to the floor! Sit upright and try to maintain good eye contact. Use your hands and lean forward when making a point. Many people cannot think and control their body language at the same time, which is why you need to prepare.

7. Expect the unexpected
Your interviewer may try to catch you off guard: A survey by OfficeAngels has revealed that 90 per cent of employers ask ‘killer’ questions in interviews. It is impossible to plan for every difficult question, such as “How would your colleagues describe you?” but try to appear relaxed and in control. Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if necessary but do not evade it. Hopefully you will not befall the fate of those job candidates at B&Q who were asked to dance to “Blame it on the Boogie”!

8. Develop rapport
Show energy, a sense of humour and smile. Jean Smith, a social anthropologist says: “It’s infectious, being positive and enthusiastic.” Ask your interviewer questions about themselves and any issues the business is facing.

9. Clarify anything you are unsure of
If you are not certain what are meant by a particular question, ask for clarification. At the end, ask the interviewer if there is anything else he or she needs to know about. Do not be afraid to ask when you are likely to hear if you have been successful or not.

10. Remember your manners
It is better to choose than to be chosen. Tell the interviewer why you are interested in the company and job opportunity. Ask them for a business card and follow it up 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.