How to Make Interviews a Success

By reaching the interview stage you have already convinced the interviewer that on paper you are capable of doing the job. The interview is your opportunity to convince them that you’re the best person for the job. It is not a ‘test’. It enables the interviewer to see if you possess the necessary skills and knowledge for the job. It will also enable you to find out whether the company and the job are right for you.
The better prepared you are, the more confident you will feel and the greater success you will have.
Unfortunately your appearance can affect the interviewer’s opinion of your ability or suitability for your job. Take care to make that crucial first impression a good one. Here are a few things to remember:
  • Be smart, clean and well groomed
  • Unless advised otherwise, wear business attire i.e. dark business suit, shirt and tie or blouse
  • Limit make up, perfume/aftershave and jewellery – this will only distract the interviewer
  • Wear something different to the second interview
Preparation is all important. Showing the interviewer that you have taken the time to prepare and find out information will demonstrate your desire to do well, your ability to plane, organise and to think ahead.
Before your interview, find out as much as background information about the company as possible. This will help you decide if they’re the kind of company you would like to work for. For example:
  • What is their business/product/service?
  • How many employees do they have?
  • Are they part of a large group and do they own other companies?
  • Who are their competitors?
  • What is their company mission/philosophy/turnover and profits?
If your interview has been arranged through Noble Recruiting, then your Permanent Consultant will be able to answer these questions. If you have organised the interview yourself, then contact the company direct.
  • Copy of your CV
  • Any references/referrals
  • Examination certificates
  • Take just one bag or briefcase otherwise you will look cluttered and disorganised
  • Make sure you take clear travel directions
  • Allow plenty of travelling time to take account of unexpected delays
  • Becoming flustered by having to rush and arriving late creates a bad impression. It is much better to arrive early.
  • Remember the interviewer is often as nervous as you are
  • When you meet you interviewer confidently shaking their hand
  • Stay calm, do not fidget or twiddle thumbs
  • Be polite
  • Never eat or smoke during the interview – accepting a drink is fine
  • Be yourself, be honest
  • Show a real interest in the job
  • Don’t answer a question you don’t understand, ask for clarification first
  • Speak clearly using positive words such as enjoy and enthusiastic
  • Maintain some direct eye contact with your interviewer and smile; this shows confidence
  • What do you know about our company?
  • What qualifications or experience do you have that would make you a success in this company?
  • What job in our company do you want to work towards?
  • What jobs have you enjoyed the most? The least? Why?
  • What are your own special abilities?
  • What have you done that shows initiative?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • What are your strengths? Try to think of 3 to 4 prior to entering the interview
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why are you seeking new employment?
  • Why do you want this position?
  • What attracted you to this organisation?
  • What is important to you in your job?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What can you offer us?
Usually the interviewer will ask if you have any questions. They may have covered all the information you feel necessary but here are some questions you may like to ask:
  • Who will I report to?
  • Who will I be working with?
  • What training opportunities are there?
  • What promotional prospects are there?
  • Why have the job become available?
  • When will you be making a final decision?
  • You may wish to clarify the salary and benefits if you are not sure.
You want them to positively remember you so:
  • Smile and thank them for seeing you
  • Tell them how you look forward to seeing them again
  • Shake hand (firmly!)
  • Tell them how much you enjoyed discussing the job with them
Tell Noble Recruiting what you thought about the interview as soon as possible. If you’re offered the job – great! We will make all the necessary arrangements. If you do not get the job do not give up. Put it down to experience and bear in mind that this interview was a valuable exercise in itself.

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