Interview Hacks

Here is our 101 on interviews and how to nail them!

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The Telephone Interview

A telephone interview will often be the first step, this can sometimes be a Skype/Facetime interview now as it allows for a more ‘face-to-face’ interaction.

Typical Contents:

Why are you keen on the job that you are applying for?

What do you know of the company in question?

Why are you suited to this particular role and what can you bring?

Top Tips:
  • Always conduct calls indoors, use a quiet room with good mobile reception/ internet. Don’t have the stress of not being able to hear the questions/see the interviewer.
  • Make sure you have many relevant questions to ask? Remember you are there to find more about them and what they have to offer. This demonstrates your interest in the job.
  • Always ask at the end of the call what the next stage will be and what are the timings. Get as much information on what it will actually take to get this job.

Telephone interviews can be difficult because there is no body language to gauge how the interview is going. The flow of conversation can be less natural as there are no visual prompts.

Prepare well so that you can provide clear answers. Research the company and the role, you should then be in a position to engage the interviewer, at this stage they are really looking to see if you perform well enough to be invited for an interview in person.

Have a pen and notepad with you so that you can take notes during the conversation. This will help you remember any questions you have for the end.

The ‘face-to-face’ interview

There are very few jobs anywhere that will not require some sort of in person interview. There are a few simple points that can drastically improve your chances of success.

Arrive at the right time:

The best time to arrive is between 10 and 5 minutes before the scheduled time. Too early and you risk interrupting your interviewers working day. If you are running late, call the office immediately and let them know when you will arrive. Be realistic in how late you are running.

Think about what you look like:

For most interviews you will need to dress in business attire. If the office is more casual it may be permissible to wear more casual clothes but be cautious. Very few people have been rejected from a job for being too smart, plenty of people have been for being scruffy though!

Be remembered for the content of your interview, not for being the person with the crazy interview clothes.

Prepare, prepare, prepare...
  • You need to have an understanding of the company and the job description. You must also know why you would be the best person for the role and explain how you possess relevant skills.
  • You will often be asked about the company, their competitors and what you think the role requires. All companies look for people who will fit in with their people so get to know the culture and how you could fit in to that.
  • Always visit the company website, make notes on the content of the site, view it as a potential customer and look into what the company says about itself.
  • If you are applying for a sales role, make sure you have a good understanding of their clients and the industry that they are placing into.
  • Prepare yourself for questions on your previous work experience and schools experience, be ready to discuss what you did, what skills you learnt and improved while doing it.

Attitude is everything

A person’s enthusiasm is perhaps the most important aspect that will increase your performance in the interview. Very few entry level roles require a ‘finished product’ you just need to show you have the attitude and potential to become successful in their business.

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