for the interview, what you should wear, questions you may be
asked, and what to do after the interview.
Prior to the interview
What to wear
After the interview
Summary of Advice
to the interview
to the interview
to find out about the job and company beforehand so that you can
sound interested. It looks good if you can name the Managing Director
or even just know what the company produces and how well its doing.
Prepare any references, certificates or letters you may need to
bring. Also read your CV thoroughly so that you can answer any
questions they might ask you about previous work experience or
for the Interview:
Have a friend help you with a mock interview. It helps to try
and imagine what questions you will be asked as then you can
have suitable answers ready. The interviewer always starts the
conversation. Usually there will some small talk eg Did you
manage to find us OK? Then there might be an outline of the
job description and a brief description of the company's activities.
If there is, listen attentively and see how their information
matches your research.
Find out how to get to the interview location and how long it
will take you to get there, allow for traffic jams and delays.
Try to arrive a little early to give yourself a chance to settle
down. NEVER BE LATE!!!
impressions cannot be underestimated, here are a list of do's
dress conservatively- it is always better to be too formal than
make sure your shoes are clean - dirty shoes ruin an otherwise
wear a minimal amount of makeup and jewellery.
should be neat and tidy and tied back in a business like style
if it is long.
not overdo it with either aftershave or perfume.
of too short skirts!
sure that your nails are clean and avoid chipped nail varnish.
people know how they should look when going for an interview.
Do not think that you are doing yourself any favours by trying
to be different.
THE RULE IS - STICK TO THE RULES!
At this stage of the interview, as an opening question you may
be asked a number of the following:
talk us through your CV
us about your schooling/education
interested you about this job
are you applying for this job
should already prepared the answers to these basic questions beforehand,
so in a confident manner, project your voice and answer the questions
as best you can. Always look the interviewer in the eye. Do not
at any stage try to bluff, or lie about anything. A common reaction
when we are lying is to touch our face or nose.
The next big hurdle at the interview concerns the question why
should we give you the job? Now is when you can sell yourself.
List your best qualities, your suitability for the job, your
willingness to learn and any relevant experience you might have.
Here is a list of typical interview questions which can be difficult
to give good answers to if you are not prepared.
me about yourself?
are your career objectives?
are you looking for in a job?
can you do for us that no-one else can?
long do you plan to stay with the company?
you work under pressure / deadlines? Give examples.
should we employ you?
are your best achievements to date?
us about your last job?
your most difficult decision/task?
you motivate people?
do you know about the company?
would you describe your personality?
do you want to work for us?
are your weak points?
confident-have a firm handshake, and make eye contact.
attention to what the interviewer is saying.
to remain calm and alert at all times.
questions clearly and concisely.
interrupt the interviewer.
not to fidget.
on a positive note, thanking the interviewer.
to smile, it relaxes you and also gives a calm and friendly
happens if you go blank?
This can happen to anyone and often does in interviews. If you
go blank just tell the interviewer "sorry I've forgotten
what I was going to say, where was I?" Interviewers are
only human and no doubt they know exactly what you may be going
through so they will be sympathetic.
at an interview you may be tested for your knowledge in a particular
area. You may be applying for a job in the Civil Service and
be asked to name the current Minister for Health. If you don't
know the answer don't panic. It often happens that people know
the answer but have a momentary lapse of memory due to the pressure
of the interview.
Over the twenty minutes of the interview, the interviewer is
trying to build up an overall picture of you in relation to
the job. Everything you say will hopefully relate to the job
description and what impresses most people is being consistent
Towards the end of an interview you will be asked if you have
any questions of your own. You can prepare these beforehand.
Some examples include:
can I expect to hear from you ?
there be another interview?
did the job become available?
any training take place here ?
that the interview is over, you'll be thanked for attending, and
you should thank the interviewer by name and thank them for their
time. Do not forget to say goodbye and thanks also to the receptionist.
it's all still fresh in your head try to analyse your performance.
Consider the location of the company, was it easy to get to from
home? Was there anything you would have liked to say but forgot
about? (Make note of these for next time) Are the duties outlined
ones you were prepared to do? Is the salary realistic and are
you happy with the salary being offered?
Make sure that you are clear before you take the job about what
is expected of you, how much you will be paid and whether you
feel you will be happy there or not.
a good impression with the receptionist/security guard
at the interviewers and look them in the eye when you meet them
and when you are leaving.
eye contact throughout the interview.
upright and lean slightly forward.
your time in answering the questions.
and sound interested and enthusiastic.
across information that you feel will help your case.
a few readily prepared questions if the chance arises.
in the chair
if there is a short period of silence
with the interviewer in a heated way
put off if the interviewer seems disinterested or bored
too quietly or too quickly