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Successful Interviewing

The better you prepare, the greater the chance of a successful result


Before the interview

Look at the target company’s website to understand their history, businesses lines, office locations and any associated operations/companies

Research the company’s competitors and industry trends

If feasible, get copies of brochures information such as annual reports

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse… In the interview you want to minimise how much you need to think-on-your-feet. The best way to do this is to practice


Prepare your questions

Interviews are a two-way process and a good opportunity for you to find out more about the company and whether it will be a good “fit” for your needs. Also, if you don’t have any questions to ask about the company, it gives the impression that you are not highly interested in the role.


Show you are prepared

During the interview, take out a document you have downloaded from the company homepage or a brochure you prepared list of questions and refer to it. The intent it to visually reinforce in the interviewer’s mind that you have invested effort to prepare for the interview and are therefore serous about getting the role.


Prepare answers to predictable questions

Tell me about yourself

Please explain why you chose this career path

What are your strengths?

How have you been able to apply your strengths in your last job? Be prepared to given an example

What are your weaknesses? You should show you are aware of weaknesses and also how deal with them. For example, sometimes I do not work well under pressure, but I cope with this by diligently prioritizing task

Do you have any concerns about this role?


Closing the interview

If the interviewer asks you if you are interested in the role, answer “yes” even if you are unsure (your consultant can always call the interviewer back and explain why, on reflection, you are not interested in the role). Ask “What is the next step?” Show your appreciation to the person who took time to interview you. It is the last chance for you to present yourself and the impression that you leave at the end of the interview is just as important as the one you give at the beginning.


Follow up with your staffing Consultant

Employers are usually keen to give you and hear your feedback about the interview. So that information can be freely expressed, this is best done via your staffing Consultant.