Top tips for Interviews

Our eight tips could give you the extra edge when meeting face to face for an interview.

  1. DO YOUR RESEARCH. Read about the role and the organisation prior to the interview.
  2. Visit the careers site and follow the company on LinkedIn to keep up to date so that you can answer and ask specific questions.
  3. DRESS THE PART. Ensure that you are dressed suitably for the environment and arrive on time – first impressions count.
  4. PREPARE. Find out what the style of the interview is so that you can prepare. Many organisations use competency questions, based around the STAR approach (Situation, Task, Action, Result).
  5. USE RELEVANT EXAMPLES. Think of specific situations in your career that you feel can help demonstrate that you possess the highlighted skills. Clearly explain what you did, how and why you did it and what the outcome was.
  6. HIGHLIGHT CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS. What improvements have you made? What initiatives have you introduced? What have you been recognised or rewarded for? Be prepared to quantify or measure your successes.
  7. SHOW SELF-AWARENESS. Know your strengths and weaknesses. You may refer to your recent performance review and reflect on where you’re doing well and where you have room for improvement.
  8. KNOW YOUR VALUE PROPOSITION. Clearly articulate what your personal brand or value proposition is - where can you add value to the employer? Why should they hire you?
  9. BE HONEST. If you lie in your interview and the truth is exposed at a later date, it is extremely likely that you will have your employment terminated.
  10. ASK QUESTIONS. Prepare some questions beforehand to ask the interviewer. By asking questions about the job and company, it shows how interested you are in the role.
  11. BE YOURSELF. interviews to demonstrate who you are, much more so than an interview.
  12. EMBRACE IT. This could be the final step towards securing the role. Everybody is in the same boat and those who can relax and enjoy the occasion tend to demonstrate the traits that got them there in the first place.
  13. SMILE.  
  14. LISTEN to all members of the group and show your respect for their opinions. Avoid side conversations which could be interpreted as ignorance and rudeness.
  15. NOBODY IS PERFECT! Show reasoning behind your good ideas but be willing to listen to others’ opinions. There is nothing wrong with admitting a colleague’s idea is more appropriate and then supporting that idea.
  16. SHOW LEADERSHIP. Guide your team members as necessary whilst listening to their points of view and encouraging them to contribute to the activity.
  18. DON’T LEAVE WITH UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. Ask as many relevant questions as you need to in order to accept a potential offer. Ensure that you can leave with the knowledge that it is the right role for you.
  19. SAY THANK YOU. A thank you note is also a great opportunity for you to highlight your interest and suitability for the role.

Our tips for when you are on the phone doing an interview  

  1. PRACTICE YOUR “VIRTUAL HANDSHAKE.” Just as when you meet someone in person, the first 15 seconds are critical to making a good impression.
  2. PLAN. Make sure you’re somewhere quiet with no distractions and strong network coverage.
  3. PREPARE. Do your homework before hand. Have a look at the  website and keep up to date with what’s happening in your industry. Keep your applications, resume and notes nearby for support.
  4. SMILE AND STAND UP. Trust us – this works! Your smile will change your tone of voice and help you come across as enthusiastic, while standing will ensure you sound energized and professional.
  5. PAUSE. THINK. RESPOND. Don’t be afraid to take your time. Interviewers would prefer you to take 30 seconds to respond rather than jumping in with a rehearsed answer that isn’t tailored to what you are being asked.
  6. FOLLOW THE STAR. When responding to a question, explain the Situation & Task, the
  7. Action you took and the Result. This will ensure your answers are relevant and concise.
  8. SILENCE IS OK. Interviewers will need time to write down your responses so don’t feel that you need to fill the gap.
  9. ASK 1-2 GENUINE QUESTIONS. These will reflect your research and reaffirm your interest in the organisation