Top 10 Job Interview Tips
There are several things you should and shouldn’t do while being interviewed. If you’ve been granted an interview, you only have a short time to sell yourself to your prospective employer. Read our top ten do’s and don’ts to ensure you give yourself the best chance possible during your interview!
- Be early for the interview- if you’re going to be late, call and let them know.
- Practice makes perfect- Interviews can be highly stressful situation to be in. Research the company, be prepared and think about how you will respond to important questions.
- Be positive- employers are looking at you wondering what value you can add to their business
- Be self assured- know your worth and be confident about your contribution to the business
- Have all original documents with you
- Prepare for key questions- sometimes interview questions can appear ambiguous or broad. The interviewer will be looking for key phrases in your response.
- Give one to two minute responses and keep to the facts
- Be courteous to everyone you meet. If you are rude to fellow workers this will get back to the interviewer- it’s not uncommon for the receptionist to engage you in conversation
- Keep eye contact- don’t look at the floor or ceiling when answering questions. Be direct and engage your interviewer
- Sell your skills- know what you can bring to the practice or organisation. You may have transferable skills from another role or industry that apply to the position you’re applying for.
- Arrive unprepared- make sure you have an up to date and accurate resume, your certificates, diploma or degree, and have prepared for the interview. Failure to research the company may result in an inability to answer or ask intelligent questions
- Wear the wrong clothes- wear professional attire. You have one opportunity to make an impression. Don’t blow it!
- Talk too much- keep conversation to relevant topics and do not disclose any personal information not relevant to the position
- Turn off your phone! If you do accidentally leave your phone on do not answer it if it rings, regardless of how relaxed the think the interviewer is
- Smoke before the interview. Some practices or organisations may have a no smoking policy. You may fail before evening opening your mouth.
- Chew gum- this can be seen as a sign of disrespect. Put gum in the bin before entering the building.
- Over-emphasis on money. While remuneration is important, it may not always come up at the first interview. You need to focus on your contribution to the business, not what they can do for you.
- Lack of interest and enthusiasm. If you don’t really want the job, or are sick of doing what you’re doing, it will show at the interview
- Avoid overuse of words like; like, and, an this, you know, umm
- Negative comments about previous employers- it’s never a good idea to make negative comments about previous employers. During your career, more likely than not, you will work somewhere that for whatever reason, just doesn’t work out. Be professional at all times.