“In interviews you often learn more about yourself than
the person learned about you." - William Shatner
If you've got to the interview stage, congratulations - you have passed the first test! They are interested in you and are probably keen to fill the vacancy quickly...
7 Tips for a successful interview
- Don't be late. Early is better. If necessary plan your route and check out what the parking is like. Turn up calm and relaxed - not flustered after a mad rush to find a car parking space.
- Do your homework. Find out as much about the company as you can in advance of the interview. Visit their web site or try and get a copy of their brochure.
- You may be asked to fill in an application form at the interview, so try and prepare some likely answers in advance. A lot of people complain about these forms - they just fill in some brief details and enclose their CV. Not a good idea.
- Employers like you to show that you are keen and prepared to put a bit of effort in. Remember - from the moment you walk in to the reception you are on interview.
- Be organised. Bring all the necessary certificates, references and your CV with you, neatly contained in a file. Interviewers are always impressed with an organised approach.
- Be positive. Don't worry about the other interviewees; focus on doing the best you can.
- Look smart. First impressions count.
Have you any questions?
- Interviewers almost always ask you if you have any questions. The simplest answer is to ask for the job!
- Enquire about starting dates too, but don't ask about salary, benefits package and holiday entitlements if they have already been stated in the advertisement.
The job offer
- If it is a rejection, stay positive. Write back and thank the company for seeing you; it creates a good impression and might keep the door open for future vacancies.
- Sometimes employers make offers to other applicants and they do not start. They might decide to re-interview you.
- If it's an offer - well done, you've got the job!