“Interview” refers to a one-on-one conversation between an interviewer and an interviewee. A job interview is an interview consisting of a conversation between a job applicant and a representative of an employer which is conducted to assess whether the applicant should be hired. There are some easy steps that you can take that will increase your chances of success at interviews.
First, remember that job interviews should be a process of two-way
communication. Not only are they a tool for employers to use to
evaluate you, but they are also an opportunity for you to assess the job,
the organization, and to see if there is a “fit”.
It is important for you to think about yourself and your past experiences in order to be ready to articulate what you have to offer an employer.
Consider the following topics:
• How your present and past experience relate to the position
• Your current and future career goals
• What skills and expertise you have to offer
• The skills that you would like to develop or improve
• Location, salary, and lifestyle priorities
• Kinds of people and environments you prefer
• Past experiences you want to highlight such as volunteer work, hobbies,
Here are some key things to get sorted when you’re preparing for a job interview:
☐ 1. Research the Company
It’s important to know the company and know what the job requires. A company’s website is an excellent place to
begin. If you can, visit their website and see what they have to say about themselves. Most companies are very proud of their websites. The interviewer may be asking about “have you check out our website?”.
☐ 2. Know where you’re going
This one might sound obvious, but many people leave home without the address or their contact’s name. Write down the address and the name of the person you’re meeting (and their phone number if you have it), or put it in your phone. Look up the address on a map in advance so you know exactly how to get there. Make sure you check the timetables if you’re getting there on public transport.
☐ 3. Don’t be late!
Try to arrive at the interview location a little early. This gives you time to determine where you need to go and will give you a few minutes to collect your thoughts. DO NOT arrive late. Nothing destroys your chance at impressing an employer more than arriving late and offering no explanation. Give yourself plenty of time to get there so you’re not flustered and sweating. Aim to arrive at the interview at least 15 minutes early.
☐ 4. Dress to impress
It is important to know what to wear to an interview and to be well-groomed. In today’s environment, wearing a suit isn’t always necessary, make sure you’re wearing clean and ironed clothes. That way you will appear committed and professional. Visual impressions are very important. Therefore, if in doubt, always dress on the conservative side.
☐ 5. Bring your resume
Take at least five copies of your printed resume on clean paper in case of multiple interviewers and refer to it during the interview if you need to. Read over it on the way, or while you’re waiting for the interview to start.
☐ 6. Prepare your answers
You should prepare some answers to the questions you’re expecting. Prepare your answer to the common question: “Tell me about yourself, and why are you interested in this role with our company?”. You should also prepare some questions to ask them yourself. Practising beforehand will make you feel more comfortable and relaxed during the interview.
☐ 7. Follow-Up After the Interview
Always follow up with a thank-you note reiterating your interest in the position. You can also include any details you may have forgotten to mention during your interview. If you interview with multiple people from the same company, send each one a personal note. Send your thank-you email within 24 hours of your interview. Also, write down what you could have done better in the interview, and make adjustments before you head off for your next interview.