The most important thing you must do before going to an
interview is to find out as much as you can about the company in question. Look
at their web site, ask your friends, obtain some information from them in
advance. By going to an interview prepared and able to demonstrate at least a
basic understanding of the companys business shows that you are actively
interested in it rather than simply seeking any job anywhere.
Prepare some questions in advance about the specific job
you have applied for and also about the company in general. Again, this will
demonstrate your knowledge and interest in both the company and the job, dont
forget that you may not be quite right for one job but perfect for
Dress according to the companys dress code, if you are
unsure as to what this is, err on the side of caution and dress formally.
Nothing would be more intimidating than sitting in an interview in casual
clothes being interviewed by somebody in a 3 piece suit!
Almost inevitably during the
course of the interview you will be asked to respond to a number of fairly
standard questions. Again, it is advisable to have the basis of your response thought out in advance.
Identify your strengths and weaknesses, be honest and dont try to make a
positive statement into a weakness. Try to make these as relevant to the job
you have applied for as possible.
Keep your answers as short and
succinct as possible, using specific examples or scenarios to demonstrate your
experience, ability and knowledge. Consider your long term career goals and
your personal attributes. Again be honest, for example, dont position yourself
as a team player if you are a loner, it may get you the job in the short term
but in the long term you will be unhappy and looking for another job!
Ask a friend to give you a mock
interview in advance, think of potential questions and practice your answers
with them. Be aware of your body language, sitting slouched in a chair looking
around the room gives the impression that you are not really interested or
enthusiastic, whereas sitting slightly forward in your seat and engaging your
interviewers eyes gives the impression that you are interested and
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