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INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

Has the thought of an interview got you worried? The following steps will help you through the interview maze with some great hints, tips and ideas…

PREPARATION. PRACTICE. PRESENTATION

Interviews are like the final act of cooking a great meal. A lot depends on the preparation and attention to detail before the last part of the exercise takes place. The more prepared and confident you are the more successful you’re likely to be.

The work you put in beforehand will pay off ten-fold when you're sitting in that chair. Preparation, Practice, Presentation, these are the keys to success.


PREPARATION:
What do I need to know to make the interview count?

  • Think about how you fit with the job in question.
  • What do you know about that job, that market segment, that manager, that company?
  • Research - look up the web, check publications, look for an annual report or other high level documents.
  • Get your own story straight.
  • Start thinking why you'll be the best person for the job.
  • Talk to someone who knows someone.

PRACTICE:
Think about likely questions....and some unlikely ones as well

  • Write them down.
  • Stare at them.
  • Rehearse your answers, in your head and aloud.
  • Get a friend or family member to help.
  • Let them interview you.
  • Reverse roles.
  • Watch how they react.

It's like sports training. A team goes through all scenarios when they practice so they can nail it in a game situation.

Here are some examples of good questions to ask at a job interview:

  • Can you describe a typical day/week for the person in this role?
  • What do you expect me to achieve in my first three months?
  • What training/tools go with this job?
  • How would you describe your management style? (To the boss)
  • What is the timeline for making a decision about this role?
  • What is the next step in the recruitment process?

Lastly, ask about the next step in the process. So many people leave the interview without knowing how long they should expect to wait to hear if they have been shortlisted/landed the job.


PRESENTATION:
OMG. What do I wear?!

This is really important.

  • Don't dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.
  • Dress to fit in with their standards.
  • Its not much use turning up in a suit for a bricklaying position, but you should ALWAYS be neat and tidy.
  • Hair, teeth, clean clothes, including shoes. Get someone else's opinion. Get some new gear if you have to.
  • Shower and freshen up!
  • First impressions DO count. What will they be thinking?

Many people focus so much energy on NOT asking about salary that they don’t ask anything at all or prepare just a couple of boring questions to sound polite.

Read our article about some of the best questions to ask at a job interview.