1. Purpose of the Interview
There are two key fundamental objectives of a job interview.
- Firstly, the employer needs to find out if you are the best fit candidate for the position (can you do the job, will you do the job, will you fit in, etc).
- Secondly, you need to find out if the job opportunity is the best fit for you (will this job be challenging, will you learn new things, does it fit your schedule, will you get training, are there career opportunities, is the remuneration right for you, etc).
2. Interview Preparation
Just like studying for an exam you need to prepare for an interview by finding out everything you can about the company and position. In addition rehearse your interview responses to skills, behavioral and situational based questions that will best demonstrate your capabilities. It can be a stressful time preparing for an interview, however, thorough preparation can help minimise stress and anxiety that one may feel during the lead up to a job interview.
3. What to wear to an Interview
When you attend an interview, first impressions are extremely important because when meeting the interviewer or hiring manager for the first time, they will form an initial opinion of you based on how you are dressed and how you carry yourself.
It’s important to dress appropriately for the job interview. If the job interview is for an office or professional position then we would recommend more formal business attire.
If the workplace or the job is less formal the dress code may be less formal and casual as well, but if in doubt check with the person scheduling the interview. Ensure your dress attire is not untidy or dirty.
4. Be Punctual
Be on time, if you use public transport to get to your job interview ensure you allow additional time if you’re unfamiliar with the area. Aim to arrive 15 minutes early to give yourself time to relax.
5. Making During the Interview
It is important to make a strong impression during the interview by being yourself and remaining enthusiastic and keen about the job. Below is a guide to helping you conduct yourself throughout the interview:
- Remain calm, composed and focussed.
- Maintain good eye contact without staring
- Be aware of your body language, posture and the tone of your voice.
- Listen carefully to each question and ensure you fully understand the question before you answer. Its ok to ask for more explanation if unsure of the question.
- When giving your answers it’s important to speak clearly and confidently.
- Use the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Actions, and Results) when answering skills, behavioral and situational based questions that will best demonstrate your capabilities and experience.
- Ask questions and always try and engage the interviewer
- Enquire about the next steps in the interview process
- Thank the interviewer at the conclusion of the interview.
6. After the Interview
After the interview. It is important to reflect on your performance – what went well, what didn’t go well and what can you do to improve if you had your time again. This will go along way to helping you learn and build confidence for future interviews