Our Top Ten Interview Tips

Our top 10 interview tips
Congratulations! You got the call! Or the email. Or the SMS. Whichever it is, you have an interview scheduled! This is your chance to sell yourself, to show how much of a fit you are for this job and organization. So, how do you prepare for an interview?
  1. Never underestimate the power or importance of Google. Find out as much as you can about the organization. Go past the home and about pages on their website too. If they publish reports or have a blog, information from those would be great talking points at the interview. Say you are asked a question about what value you can add to the company or how the company can improve their products or services, your response should be supported with facts from your research. Get information about the position you are filling, and if possible, your hiring manager.
  1. Dress well. Find out what the company’s stand is on dressing. But if you cannot, it is better to be over-dressed than to appear shabby. Ensure that your clothes are clean and well-ironed, and your shoes are polished or clean. Tone down jewelry and makeup use; less is better in this case. Don’t eat something heavy before your interview. Groom your hair well.
  1. Be punctual. It is bad form to be late, especially to an interview. It is better to arrive about thirty minutes early than to arrive at the time the interview is scheduled for. In your time estimations, leave a margin for unforeseen delays. Punctuality shows that you take your interviewers seriously and that you value their time and yours.
  1. It is often said that a smile is the best accessory you can wear, and this is true. A smile softens your features and makes you appear more accessible.
  1. Be courteous. Some employers don’t just want to know when you arrived or how skilled you are, they also want to know how you treated or addressed their employees. Wait to be offered a chair before you sit.
  1. Be confident. Make eye contact with your interviewer(s). Let your handshake be firm – if you have sweaty palms, carry a handkerchief with you and wipe your hands on it as often as you need to. Ensure that you have the right body language too – don’t slouch or sit carelessly. Be confident but not arrogant; no one likes a person who is full of themselves.
  1. Be focused. Don’t get lost in thought or carried away. Pay attention to your surroundings and your interviewer. Answer questions truthfully, directly, carefully, and concisely.
  1. Don’t be over-friendly. It is important to be likeable, and sometimes, interview atmospheres are relaxed, but remember you are not there primarily to make friends. Even if your interviewers are friendly, you must not go beyond their level of familiarity.
  1. Ask questions. This helps you find out if you are the right fit for the job. It also gives you a better understanding of the organization and how it works
  1. Say thank you. After the meeting, thank the interviewer for their time. Following this up with a ‘thank you’ email also goes a long way.


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