Congratulations! You have secured a job interview. This is a great opportunity for you to impress your (potential) new employers, let your key attributes shine, and assess whether it’s the right role for you.
There are lots of things to think about when it comes to job interviews, and it can often send even the most calm, collected person into a nervous panic. We’ve compiled some useful tips to help you prepare for an interview and increase your chances of success.
Do your research
This is one of the most important areas of the job interview.
Even if you have been told it is just an “informal” meeting, turning up unprepared can completely jeopardise your chances of any job opportunities within the organisation. Prior to the interview, research the following:
1. The company
You may know who the company is, but it is up to you to ensure you have a detailed overview of the company structure, values and vision and market positioning.
Be sure you know what the company does, and its range of products or services. Check out their website, and also do some Google searches so you have the most relevant information. The employer will be impressed that you have taken the time to understand their business and how they operate.
2. The industry
Look for any industry-specific news.
Who are their main competitors? What are their competitors doing and how do they rank compared to their competitors? Are there any industry trends are happening in overseas markets you should be aware of? Have you identified any opportunities for the business going forward?
3. The position
Thoroughly read the job description.
Ensure you know your own resume very well and how it relates to the job description. As you read through the key competencies of the job description, think of some examples where you can demonstrate previous experience that reflects these competencies. For more on competency based interview questions, check out our article here.
4. The interviewer
Research the person who will interview you and look at their LinkedIn profile.
Find out if there is anything you have in common, for example, you both worked at the same company in the past or you both went to university at the same time. This can help to create a bond between yourself and your potential new employer.
Ask the right questions
Towards the end of the interview you will usually be asked if you have any questions.
Aim to ask some open questions, thinking about how you can add value to the organisation. At the first interview, always avoid any questions about salary. These can be asked later in the process.
Some questions you could ask, include:
- What are the key goals and objectives for the role in the first 3 to 6 months?
- Why is the role available?
- Where would you see this role in 3 to 5 years?
- How would you describe the company/team culture?
- What makes a person a success at the company?
Be sure to thank them for their time at the end and ask about the next steps. Show them that you’re actively engaged in the process.
It is common sense, but always ensure you know where you are going and where the company is located. Can you park, or is it best to get public transport? Aim to arrive approximately 10 minutes early for the interview. Any earlier than this and it’s best to go and get a coffee before you turn up at reception. This is also a good way to calm the nerves.
Ensure you have the contact details, including direct telephone number, of the person you are meeting. Smart presentation is also of the utmost importance. If in doubt, err on the side of conservatism.
Trust in yourself
Think about your interview as an exciting next step.
Be positive, have a firm handshake, make good eye contact, smile and believe in yourself.
And finally – good luck!
If you’d like some more help with interview preparation, get in touch with us here to enquire about our coaching services, or give your friendly Moir Group consultant a call on (02) 9262 4836.