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Interview Advice

Interviews are generally regarded as the primary decision-making event in any recruitment process. Regardless of your academic credentials or career thus far, it is crucial that you perform well in the interview process in order to secure your next position.

01. Research

It is essential that you research the company extensively prior to
attending any interviews. There are two main reasons: (1) It
demonstrates that you have a genuine interest in their
organization; (2) Shows a degree of initiative. Information on
prospective employers is readily available and can be obtained
from a number of sources, such as the company website and search
tools (such as Google).


02. Answering Questions

Answer all questions as clearly and concisely as possible. Most
questions should be answered in two or three sentences, with a
relevant example where appropriate. Do NOT volunteer extra
Information that is irrelevant to the question being asked. If you
are unsure of what the interviewer is really asking, seek
clarification before answering. Avoid yes/no type questions (where
possible).


03. Interview Type & Format

Your Recruitment Consultant should be able to provide you with
the following details regarding the interview: Name of
Interviewer, location, expected duration, format and style of the
person(s) conducting the interview, as well as the job description.


04. Questions for Interviewer

It is highly recommended that you arrive prepared to an interview
with a number of specific questions. These may relate to: the
position, organization or your ability to perform in the role. Play it
by ear, but always try and end the interview with at least three
relevant questions.


05. Follow their lead

Do not run the interview. Give your interviewer the opportunity to
set the tone and pace and follow their example. If the tone of the
interview is relaxed and informal, act accordingly.


06. Presentation

First impressions are critical, so dress at your best, regardless of the
working environment of your potential employer.


07. Be on time

Plan to arrive 10 minutes before the interview commences. Allow
plenty of time for traffic and unfamiliar territory. Do NOT arrive
early, as it is arrogant to assume that your interviewer has nothing
better to do than interview you. It also puts undue pressure on
your interviewer to see you immediately. If you do arrive with
extra time to spare, grab a coffee or go for a walk. Do NOT be late.
However, if you are running late due to unforeseen circumstances,
phone ahead to inform either your recruitment consultant or your
contact at the company itself that you are running late.


08. Interview Do’s & Don’ts

Introduce yourself courteously, smile during the interview and
show how your experience is valuable. Also show willingness to
learn and progress. Try and answer all questions truthfully and
honestly (don’t lie), don’t say negative things about previous
employers, don’t over-emphasize money or discuss salary unless
they do and don’t show lack of career planning or aspirations.
Finally, contact your Recruitment Consultant as soon as possible after the interview to discuss how you went.