• The interview is a two way process. As much as the company is investigating you as to your suitability, so will you be investigating the company to see if they are right for you.
  • Preparing for the interview.
  • What you should know about the company before the interview.
  • Who owns the company?
  • Private or public?
  • Who are their main competitors?
  • How are they viewed in the market place?
  • Look at their website.
  • Obtain a copy of their company brochure.
  • What service or products has it to offer?
  • What is the current growth of the company and what potential is there for the future?
  • Make sure you know the exact location, the time of your interview, who you are seeing, what their position is within the company and how you pronounce their name.
  • Time spent on research prior to your interview will pay off on the day.

 

 


The Interviewer will want to know:


 

  • Can you do the job?
  • Do you meet all the criteria in the job description?
  • Will you do the job?
  • Have you the right attitude and motivation?
  • Is the job realising your career goals?
  • Will you fit into the team?
  • Will it be the right culture match?

 

 


During the Interview


DO’S

  • Do introduce yourself clearly.
  • Do give a firm handshake.
  • Do be punctual.
  • Do dress professionally.
  • Do listen to the question carefully before answering.
  • Do be prepared to answer basic questions
  • Do have good posture, body language, and good eye contact
  • Do have a positive attitude. Show confidence, maintain poise and SMILE.
  • Do be assertive.
  • Do market yourself. Do show your worth. Do show how your experience would benefit the company.

DONT’S

  • Do not bad-mouth previous employers.
  • Do not arrive unprepared for the interview
  • Do not make excuses for failings.
  • Do not give vague responses to questions.
  • Do not show too much concern about rapid advancement; yet do show a clearly defined career path.
  • Do not express strong prejudices or any personal intolerance.
  • Do not show any reservation about the company or position. You can always refuse a second interview after consideration.
  • Do not overemphasize money Salary discussion is secondary. Your goal is to sell yourself.
  • Do not leave your cell phone on during the interview.
  • Do not chew gum.
  • Do not fling your portfolio on the desk. Talk it through with the interviewer. This applies to ad agency and public relations candidates.
  • Do not be aggressive and challenge the interviewer.

 


Closing the Interview


 

  • Always close the interview on a positive note, even if you did not think that it went that well. The interviewer may have thought otherwise.
  • Confirm your strengths and the reason why you will be an asset to the company.
  • If you really want the job, ASK FOR IT.
  • If the job is offered to you on the spot and you want it, accept it.
  • If the job is offered to you and you need to think about it, say so, stating a definite time when you will get back to the employer.
  • Show willingness and availability for a second interview.
  • Ask at the end of the interview when the employer will be making the hiring decision.
  • Thank the interviewer for the interview and end with a firm handshake.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself. Things don't always work out the way you hope.
  • Laugh - it is the best medicine.

 

 


Body Language


DO’S and DONT’S

  • Walk slowly and deliberately when entering the room. Shoulders back. Walk tall.
  • Give a firm handshake while maintaining constant eye contact. A firm handshake shows confidence in yourself and your abilities.
  • Never appear to be staring, look away from time to time. Never look down.
  • Listen.
  • Show enthusiasm; be alert. Your attitude should never be viewed as indifferent.
  • Give non-verbal feedback by smiling and nodding.
  • Control your movements. Do not hurry.
  • Do not fidget. Be aware of what you are doing with your hands. Avoid expansive hand gestures.
  • Don’t forget to breathe.
  • Do not be aggressive or act in superior, conceited or overbearing away.
  • Do speak clearly with good diction and grammar
  • Do no talk too much.
  • Do not lose concentration or attention.