Interview Guidance

Giving a good Interview is one of the most important parts of the job seeking process and although they may seem daunting we can help get you on your way to pulling off a first rate interview, no sweat! Giving a good interview is all about preparation and with our articles you can scrub up on your technique and composure to help you get a step closer to the job you want.

Interview Itinerary checklist

Preparing for your interview is not just a mental process, ensuring that you bring the right materials and knowledge with you is equally important. The following checklist will help you prepare for the big day..

Interview Checklist Items for Your Briefcase

Your Resume and Job/Professional References: But don’t just throw these crucial documents in your bag. Linguists and psychologists have found that 93 percent of all communication is nonverbal. How you present this information says a lot about you.

To that end, The Diversity Group recommends you buy an inexpensive two-pocket folder in blue, since this colour appeals to both men and women and conveys a business feel. On the left side, place your CV, and on the right, your letters of recommendation and reference list. When you get to the interview, say, “I wanted to bring an extra copy of my CV — here it is,” and open the folder, turning it around for the interviewer to read.

This is a sign you are open and honest as well as organised, The more you show you are prepared, the more you are showing respect.”

Pad and Pen: Taking a few notes during your interview (while being careful not to stare at your notepad the whole time) is another sign of respect. “It makes them feel you are listening,”

Business Card: People either take in information visually, audibly or through touch. “The more you give them to touch, the more real it seems to them,”

Directions:These lower your anxiety,” adding that it’s preferable to drive to your interview location in advance and park so you can see how long the journey takes.

Mobile Phone: You can always leave this bit of modern life in your car, but if you must take it with you, make sure it stays turned off and in your briefcase; it’s a huge sign of disrespect to be interrupted during an interview or give the appearance you’ll be interrupted. “If you’re a man, don’t even wear it on your belt,” “Keep it hidden.”

The Intangibles

Company Research: In almost every interview, you’ll be asked what you know about the company.

A Smile: It may sound sappy, but this nonverbal clue is an immediate rapport-builder. Interviewers are often nervous, too. “In one-sixteenth of a second, we assess whether someone will harm, help or hurt us,”  “(A smile) immediately tells someone that you’re not going to hurt them.”

Do Your Homework

There’s nothing that can turn an prospective employer off than a lack of knowledge about their business from an interviewee. It shows a general lack of interest and integrity and you can throw away all your hard work and preparation in one easy step. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Following these simple steps, with a little bit of work and research you can wow your interviewer with an impressive insight and place yourself firmly at the top of the pile.

Employers’ Web Sites

Your prospective employer’s company Web site is the best place to see the company as it wants to be seen. Do check out that annual report, but also look for a “press room” or “company news” page that links to recent news releases. As you mull all this information, consider how the open position, as detailed in the job posting, relates to the company’s mission.

But don’t stop there. Use the company site’s search facility to query the names of the hr manager and any others on your interview dance card. You may retrieve bio pages or press releases that give you insight into their most visible activities at the company. “Learning about the interviewer is probably the most valuable thing you can do,” says Ron Fry, author of 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions.

Research Employers

Next, get some vital statistics and independent perspectives on your prospective employer. Hoover’s Online, for one, provides capsule descriptions, financial data and a list of competitors for thousands of large corporations.

News Sources

Now broaden your perspective and see what general-interest and business publications and Web sites are writing about the employer and its industry. Search national publications for news on major companies; use local newspapers to learn about small businesses and how big businesses interact with their local communities.

Trade Journals

Taking cues from your research so far, drill down into your target company and its place in the industry by looking at trade journals and other specialised publications. “Get a few months of the relevant trade journal, You’re going to find out about new products and what the trade is saying about the company.”

Google

Finally, if you hope to have a company checking you out, try Googling them first. You just might come up with a nugget you would have missed otherwise.

While you’re at it, Google yourself to make sure you and the interviewer are on the same page. Because if he’s or she’s savvy, he’s doing unto you as you’ve just done unto him and his company.

Classic Tips

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier – even when you have gone on more interviews than you can count. You are meeting new people, selling yourself and your skills, and often getting the third degree about what you know or don’t know. Here are job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively. Proper preparation which help alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews.

Practice

Practice answering interview questions and practice your responses to the typical job interview questions and answers most employers ask. Think of actual examples you can use to describe your skills. Providing evidence of your successes is a great way to promote your candidacy.

Prepare

Prepare a response so you are ready for the question “What do you know about our company. Know the interviewer’s name and use it during the job interview. If you’re not sure of the name, call and ask prior to the interview. Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions.

Watch

Take a look at Job Interview Tips Videos, so you’ll be sure to dazzle a potential employer and leave the right impression.

Get Ready

Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with. Bring a nice portfolio with copies of your CV. Include a pen and paper for note taking.

Be on Time

Be on time for the interview. On time means five to ten minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there.

Stay Calm

During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention – you will be embarrassed if you forget the question!

Show What Your Know

Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for.

Follow Up

Always follow-up with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position. If you interview with multiple people send each one a thank you note.