The Killer Interview
You got the interview, now it's time to shine!
The importance of researching your potential employer cannot be over emphasised. Nowadays, with so much information at our fingertips, there is no excuse not to do your homework.
Also, please make sure you have thoroughly read and understood the job description and package information - your agent will discuss this with you in detail. If there are any queries or concerns, you should raise them with your agent before the interview.
Prepare answers to the most frequently asked interview questions. In particular, those questions that you may find difficult to answer and work out how you will cope with them.
Example Interview Questions
- Why did you apply for this job?
- What do you know about our company/products?
- Why should we give you this job and not someone else?
- What are your outstanding qualities?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What would you like to be doing five years from now?
- Why do you want to leave your current job?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What motivates you?
- What is your ambition?
- What is your biggest achievement?
- How do you handle rejection?
- How do you handle tension?
- How do you take direction?
- What would your last boss say about you?
- What were the down-sides of your last job?
- What have you done that shows real initiative?
- What do you see as the main responsibilities of a _______________?
Get the basics right!
- Be on time. Aim to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early giving you time to relax and get a feel for the company. This also applies to Skype and telephone interviews - dont wait until the last minute to log on and check you're Skype is working!
- Give a firm handshake and smile during the introduction. You must not underestimate the importance of this. It is your first impression and there is no worse start than a sloppy handshake.
- Be pleasant, poised and maintain eye contact as much as possible.
- Be aware of your body language. Don't sit with your arms folded. Try to be open and relaxed.
- Listen carefully to questions; don't be afraid to ask for clarification and take time to think about your answers. Silences will seem a lot longer to you than they actually are.
- Be honest. You wouldn't want your employer to lie about your career and salary prospects so stick to the truth about your jobs and qualifications. These things are easily checked out.
- Always try to support your answers with examples of past achievements.
- Be clear and concise.
- Avoid saying negative things about your last or current employer.
- Prepare questions for the interviewer.
- Thank the interviewer at the end of the interview and reiterate your interest in the position.
- Don't let the interview drag on by overselling yourself if you see signs that the interview is coming to a close.