HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST INTERVIEW

The Job-hunting process:

  1. Prepare a professional CV (3-4 pages) and a brief covering letter, stating what position you are applying for, in response to which advert (if any). No pictures, border designs etc on the cover page! Do not attach certificates or references at this stage, it will make your CV look too cumbersome.
  2. Make a list of all potential employers who could use your services, and research them thoroughly: look at their websites, and also try to establish as much other information as possible.
  3. If responding to as advert, make sure you meet the requirements stated as closely as possible, and ensure your CV reflects this, without fabricating information therein.

Preparing for the Interview:

  1. Practise beforehand with a friend/family member (see below for techniques)and make sure you are well articulated, and present well overall. Make sure you have all your own information at your fingertips, eg. years you were at school/college/university, as well as your previous employment positions and dates.
  2. If you are a new entrant in the job market, be sure to mention all vacation jobs, voluntary work and other responsibilities that you have undertaken to show your initiative and discipline.

Before the Interview:

  1. Dress smart/formal, something comfortable. Females, no low cut dresses, or short (above the knee) dresses; best to wear a shirt, jacket with pants or skirt. Colour co-ordination is important.
  2. While waiting for the interview, relax! Avoid looking nervous, present yourself with confidence.
  3. Maintain a good posture, greet the interviewer politely with a smile, and shake his/her hand firmly (not tightly) if offered.

During the Interview:

  1. Wait to be offered a seat, and leave your CV and other documents on the desk in front of you, only present if you are asked.
  2. You may meet more than one person (ie. it may be a panel interview). Wait for the interviewer to take the lead with the questions. Answer politely and completely, no "umm" "er" etc.
  3. Speak with confidence not pride. Do not say how hardworking you are and do not focus on your academic achievements, your CV does that for you. It is important to look enthusiastic and energetic!
  4. Expect some job related questions, to see how knowledgeable you are; you can also expect to give examples or relate how you handled certain issues at work.
  5. Do not fidget, cross your arms/legs, or make gestures.
  6. Do NOT say anything negative about your current employer! Do not look/sound desperate!
  7. Answer all questions to the best of your ability, if you don't know the answer then say so.
    (Following this write-up is one focusing on some of the kind of questions you can expect to be asked during an interview.)

After the Interview:

  1. Ask pertinent questions about the company: hours of work, travelling required, benefits & general.
  2. Ask when you can expect the final outcome, or if there will be further interviewing/assessments.
  3. Thank everyone for their time, and take your leave with all your possessions.
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