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Basic Interview Tips
Although these tips may be obvious to most of us, frustratingly they are often ignored. Each point has it’s merits and should be given careful consideration, when preparing for and attending an interview.
Know the Company
This is expected by all employers. If you can't tell them what they’re business is, then why do you want to work for them? Impress your interviewer by pulling together thorough research about the company prior to the interview. You should always have questions prepared and bring a notepad to take notes during the interview, but please remember to still listen when the interviewer is talking.
You only get one chance to make a first impression and most of that impression is based on your attire, before you even shake hands. Clean, pressed and conservative is always best. Formal suit, shirt or blouse, polished shoes and minimal, simple jewellery; nothing over the top or revealing. It’s acceptable to attend in less formal attire, provided you’ve notified the company prior to attending.
Nothing says "I’m eager to get this job" like showing up a few minutes early. Make sure you know where the company is ahead of time. If you are delayed for any unforeseen reason, make sure you have your interviewer/recruiter’s contact details to make them aware.
A Firm Handshake
In the corporate world, your handshake says a lot about you. Make sure you start your interview off right with a strong, firm handshake. If your handshake is limp and hesitant, it will tell the interviewer that you are unsure of yourself.
While some people are uncomfortable making direct eye contact with others, not doing so can send the interviewer the signal that you are uninterested or lack confidence. Look your interviewer in the eye and listen to what he or she has to say. Some people who are uncomfortable with direct eye contact look instead at the area just above and between the person's two eyes.
People want to hire someone who is positive and upbeat. Nothing says that more than simply smiling. Being too stern and serious will turn off an interviewer because they will fear that you could be a "killjoy" and wouldn't be fun to have as part of the team.
Up until the hiring manager has seen you, your CV represents how considerate you are when approaching a task and should be written with that in mind. It is inexusable to have typos, or spelling errors in your resume, read it once, twice and once again, prior to making any applications. Keep the layout simple using black text and no images. Never claim to have experience or qualifications you do not actually have, as it will be found out in the interview, or even worse, after you start the job. Be able to back up your professional qualifications and experience with specific examples. Also, be able to back up personal claims you make about yourself. Demonstrate that you have enough credibility to get the job done.
Answer the Question
Keep your answers focused and on topic. If possible, limit your responses to a couple of minutes. While you have many points you may need to make in an interview, don’t talk too much, unless the interviewer prmopts you for a more detailes response. The last thing you want is for your interviewer to lose interest in your responses.
Be involved in the conversation
You can give the interviewer a negative impression by not talking enough. An interview is a conversation, and you need to be able to keep the conversation going. Be able to elaborate and answer questions intelligently.
Nobody likes to be interrupted. Not only is interrupting annoying to an interviewer, it gives the impression that you do not respect the other person's point of view and what he or she has to say. Even if you have an important point to make, wait until there the other person stops talking before you jump in.
Remember that a job interview is a professional situation. Answer questions in full sentences with a minimum of fillers such as "like," "um," and "you know.”