Wear a suit or formal business wear. Make sure you are clean shaven, hair tied back, where possible hide tattoos and piercings. Check the location of the interview and plan a route prior to the day of interview. If you are running late for whatever reason call ahead and let someone know. Engage and make eye contact with all members of the interview panel, even if there is a passive interviewer.
Prepare questions before going into the interview. The following areas are good places to start. Look at the company website. Most interviewers want to know you are interested in their company, so look into things such as: company values, products and services offered and competitors in the market place. Go through the job spec in detail and make note of any areas of which you hold particular strength or that you would like to find out more information about. Look-up the interviewers using social media or a Google search. Their background may help form some common ground in the interview.
How to answer:
“Tell me about yourself”
This is often the opening question and since first impressions are very important, you want to take the opportunity to present yourself in the most positive light. Without preparation it is easy to waffle, sound hesitant or for your mind to go blank. Here are some tips on how best to answer this question; Keep your response to around 3 minutes. Start with an overview of your current employment and then run through a short description of your previous few positions, particularly those that are relevant to the position you are interviewing for. Consider your most relevant achievements, based on the job spec for the position and ensure these are included. Don’t go into too much detail, this will come later.
How to answer:
“What are your strengths?”
Select your three main strengths/qualities that are most relevant to the job spec provided or the company’s core values. For each strength give a specific example of how you have applied the strength to a work situation. For example if you select team work as one of your key strengths you then need to support this with an example of when you have been part of a team and the contribution you made.