OK, so your concise, professional and polished CV has got you through the door. You have an interview. Now the real work starts. And it should start well before the interview takes place.
Many employers are looking for professional employees who have:
Therefore before, during and after the interview process you should do everything that helps to display these qualities.
Few things are as disappointing to an interviewer or hiring manager as a candidate whose answer is ‘Nothing.’ to the question ‘What do you know about our company?’ Most companies want their employees to be proactive and innovative, not to mention interested in the company and the job. Knowing very little about the company you are interviewing with will immediately be a negative point against you and may be enough to rule you out of the rest of the process completely. Do your research! In the Internet Age doing basic research on companies has never been easier.
How to Research Companies:
If you are going through a recruitment agency ask them about the company, the job and the interview process.
Prepare answers to some of the FAQ’s. This will ensure that your answers to some of questions you will probably be asked during the interview will appear well thought out, relevant and indicate that you can think on your feet and have initiative.
The night before the interview, spend some time with a friend or family member, telling them why you would be the best for the position. Use superlatives galore! The purpose is to put you in the right frame of mind for the interview, so that you truly believe you are the best possible candidate for the job. Why is this so vitally important? See the next item.
Does it really matter if you’re just a few minutes late to the interview?
What steps can you take to ensure you get to the interview on time?
How should you dress for an interview?
In most cases you will want to look professional, smartly dressed, and businesslike. Remember, first impressions are very important and that visual presentation is how most people gain a first impression of you. Unless you are certain that the interviewer would rather meet you wearing a t-shirt, jeans and training shoes you should strongly consider the advice below
Risky for both:
Risky for men:
Risky for women:
How should you greet and shake hands with your interviewer?
Should you bring a copy of your resume to the interview?
Yes! Offer a copy of your resume or at least have one handy if interviewer has trouble locating his or her copy. (And bring extra copies in case you have more than one interviewer – make sure you also bring them in the relevant language.)
How important is eye contact with the interviewer?
Extremely important! Don’t look up at walls and ceiling for answers. Don’t cast eyes downward. If you have difficulty maintaining one to one eye contact for the duration of the meeting, you could try looking at the interviewers nose.
What other nonverbal cues are important in a job interview?
Facial Expressions. Smile! Sit up straight. Sit on the edge of your seat in order to appear enthusiastic.
What kinds of bad habits and inappropriate body language create problems in job interviews?