Preparing For Interviews

SO You've just landed an interview, what's next? #Theinterview

First up, congratulations if you've secured a job interview! Presumably you've completed a professional-looking resume, and cover letter to reach this next level in the job application process. Now, you're probably nervously anticipating what comes next and you might be wondering what comes next and how you should prepare.

Here are our top five tips on how you can successfully navigate through the next step, the interview:

  1. Make sure you have appropriate clean, pressed clothing to wear on the day –Skillsroad employers tell us that many candidates turn up for interviews looking unkempt – first impressions really do count!
  2. Make sure you have taken care of your personal hygiene –  discourage the use of strong perfumes as some people find certain scents offensive.
  3. Make sure you have organised transport. This will help ensure that you arrive at your interview a bit early, giving you enough time to gather yourself and calm your nerves.
  4. Make sure you have two copies of documents required by the employer, such as your resume, police checks, drivers licence and so forth, preferably in a protective cover to keep them clean and tidy. One copy to hand to the employer and the other that you can refer to it if necessary.
  5. Make sure you rehearse expected interview questions so that you are ready to give your best responses – practice in front of a mate, your parents or even your computer if no one is around. Simply using your IPhone to record yourself can help give you an insight into how well you are conveying your points and how fast/slow you might be speaking.

Looking for more ideas about how to dress appropriately and affordably? Check out our video featuring Fashion Hound, Faye De Lanty, and Rouge Homme blogger, Arrnott Olssen, for a demo on how to source key fashion pieces for work on a tight budget.

Dress to impress

Once you arrive at your potential employer's office, remember these key tips:

  • Turn off your mobile phone: Or turn it to silent so that it doesn't ring mid-interview.
  • Establish a rapport: This means smile and be friendly. Sit up straight, lean forward slightly and always maintain good eye contact with the interviewer or panel.
  • Don't discuss wages: Generally this would be discussed at a second interview.  Discussion of wages in the first interview can be perceived as inappropriate.
  • Be a good listener: Listen to what the employer tells you about the organisation and the position - generally they will ask you questions based on this information.
  • Be enthusiastic and confident: Sell yourself! Let the employer know you want the job, but never interrupt and answer only what is asked.
  • Be gracious: At the end of the interview smile and thank all the people involved for their time.

Take a look at our NAIL Vs. FAIL interview for some top tips!

Practice the answers to questions the employer may ask

Here are some typical questions that may be asked of you in an interview:

  • What parts of this job interest you the most?
  • What do you consider your special skills and abilities are?
  • What is your experience in this type of work?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Are your active in any clubs or community organisations?
  • What are you leisure activities/hobbies/interests?
  • Why do you think you would be suitable as an employee?
  • What are your strengths/ weaknesses?
  • As an employee, what would you have to offer us?
  • Which of your school subjects interested you most?
  • How would you manage study and work while undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship?
  • What do you know about this industry?
  • What are your long-term career plans?
  • How do you feel about working as part of a team?
  • Would you be prepared to work overtime or on weekends if required?

Good luck! Remember, you've done well to reach this stage so put your best foot forward and be as prepared as you can be.

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