Interview Preparation

Congratulations on the first step! As your resume has struck some chords within the company, you must now prepare to have your first interview. Here are five tips on how to give yourself the best chance to win the role.

Research the Company

Firstly, you must determine which business they are in, and it is important that you establish the basics surrounding the company, such as their whereabouts. Read through the About Us section of their website and get to know their story of their time in the industry. Get to know their products; learn about them and what their markets are. Scope out their competitors so you can prepare for questions.

Interview Presentation

Dress to impress but don’t overdo it! Wear smart, clean and neat clothing for your interview. If you have facial piercings it is probably a good idea to take them out prior to you interview as they may offend. Arrive 15 minutes early to familiarise yourself with the atmosphere. Be polite and courteous to the reception staff as they are the face of their company and they are often consulted about your presence and behaviour. Ask reception if there is a position description of the role to study prior to your interview. This demonstrates your motivation and attentiveness to the role.

Body Language and Posture

Be aware of your body language and how you stand up and sit down. When sitting, stature is important. Incline slightly forward, be upright and maintain good eye contact. When standing up, don’t fidget. Keep your shoulders back and your hands by your side. This shows that you are open to discussion. Crossing your arms when standing or sitting down displays a casual and uninterested temperament. Keep good, steady eye contact, and if there is more than one person interviewing and asking questions, direct your eye contact and response to the person asking the question.

Ask Questions!

You will be invited to ask questions. Make sure they are geared towards what the client is looking for.

Example questions:

  1. “What are the five-critical skill sets this person must have to be successful?”
  2. “What are the in-house facilities that can be used to get up to stream quickly?”
  3. “What do you want this position to achieve mid and long-term?”
  4. “What do you like about working for this organisation?”

Base your questions on fact-finding. If you are unsure of the meaning of the question ask for an explanation. Do not ask about salary unless the subject is brought into the conversation.  If you are asked, “What salary do you expect/require?” you may reply by asking, “Can you please advise me of the range being offered?”

Your One Chance

You are a stranger among others, with a recognised set of experience and skills, and you have just one chance to impress.  Research, preparation and presentation are everything.