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