Interview Preparation Tips
Before the Interview
- As part of the interview preparation tips, try to do as much research about the organization as much as you can to understand what they do. Read their website to find out about key people in the organization, their mission and value statements, the company size, locations, structure, and main clients.
- Research the position to understand the purpose and details of the role so that you can prepare appropriately for questions that might come up during the interview.
- Go through the job advert or person specification thoroughly as this will provide the basis of your interview questions.
- Find out the type of interview you will have, and if you’re not sure what to wear, you could send a quick email to your recruiter to ask about the dress code.
- Revise your resume and know everything about it. The interviewer may pick things out from it and ask you to elaborate.
- Practice your answers to the most common interview questions, but don’t completely memorize them so that they don’t come out rehearsed.
- Find out the name of your main contact, who will be interviewing you, and what their positions are in the company. This will help you prepare for the types of questions they may ask and will help you to tailor your answers to appeal to the relevant interviewers.
- Don’t arrive late for the interview. Give yourself extra time to get there in case of unexpected delays, particularly with longer journeys. Getting there early makes a good impression on the interviewer and allows you to take a few deep breaths, organize your notes, refresh your memory on any points that you’ve found difficult in your practices and scan any company materials that may be available in the waiting room. It also allows you to use the restroom if needed, freshen your breath and make any last-minute appearance adjustments.
Interview Preparation Tips During the Interview
- Greet the interviewer politely, and address them by name. Speak clearly and confidently.
- Make eye contact with the interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the interview.
- Keep all of your mobiles and other electronic devices turned completely off.
- Avoid ﬁdgeting. Use your hands to express yourself in moderation.
- To develop effective accomplishment stories, you can use a framework called STAR. STAR is an acronym that stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result.
Situation: What is the context for your story? As relevant, include details like the company, role, or project.
Task: What did you need to accomplish, and what were the challenges?
Action: What did you do to accomplish your goals? As applicable, make sure to highlight those times when you went above and beyond what was required.
Result: What were the positive impacts of your actions? As applicable, include what could have happened had you not gone above and beyond.
- If you are asked any question you can’t answer, simply say you don’t know. Then say the question is something to which you would like to give more thought and that you are willing to learn what it takes. An employer will respect someone who is honest and open about his or her limitations.
Interview Preparation Tips After the Interview
- As soon as you get out of the meeting, write down everything you can remember.
- Use the notes you took to write a personalized “thank you note” to the people you met with during the interview. Tell the interviewer how you appreciated the time he or she spent with you and the chance to learn more about the job and the organization. Be sure to mention some of the things you spoke about that day, and Avoid any grammatical errors in these cards.
- Unless told otherwise, keep in contact with the human resources representative after your interview until been notified that the position is filled.