Preparation and practise is the best strategy for landing that dream job. Here are some simple, yet effective, tips to help you before your next interview!
Don’t just show up on time, but be early. A prompt arrival gives your potential employer a good impression showing that you are keen about the job. It also allows you to calm yourself and settle down. Plan your route, logistics, and allow extra time for any unexpected delays.
Do Your Homework
Research ahead of time about the company to field any questions you are asked about the company in the interview. You can imagine what a negative impression the interviewer might have if you know very little about the company you are hoping to work for. It’s always good to know the company’s mission statement and vision, key products and services, competitors, top executives, financial reports, latest press releases, and recent product launches. Armed with this knowledge, you can converse with confidence during your interview.
Prepare and Practise Your Replies
Draft a list of common interview questions and practise your replies. The more you practise your replies, the easier it is to market yourself with assertion and not arrogance when these type of questions pop up.
Unconsciously, people judge you the moment you enter the room, before you even speak. Prepare your wardrobe the night before. The effort you place into dressing for the interview will speak volumes on how much you value that interview and the position. Try to dress one level above the job you are applying for and, most importantly, put on a bright smile.
Most interviews conclude with the interviewer asking if you have any questions. Demonstrate your interest in the job by asking for clarification on points he/she mentioned during the interview. Ask for more information about the job and the team you would be working with. It is always advisable to have some questions prepared in advance about the position and the company.
Common Interview Questions
- What do you know about our company?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What do you know about our products/services?
- What do you think of our products/services?
- Can you think of any improvements to our products/services?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What would your colleagues and friends consider as your best qualities?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your goals?
- Where do you see yourself in five years time?
- Why did you leave your last job?
- What experience have you got from previous jobs?
- What motivates you?
- What makes a good team?
- What makes a good team member?
- What makes a good team leader?