Better Interviews - Some General Interview Tips!

Below are some general interview tips:

1. Prepare for the interview

Visit the company website. Read about the various services or products that the company offers. Read through the company’s annual report and be aware of its financial position. Also be aware of any stories involving the company that have surfaced in the media. Be aware of what kind of questions to expect in an interview.

2. Have some questions prepared for the interviewer

These should ask about the company, the team you would be working with, the job you are applying for, and perhaps even some general questions about the company.

3. Be on time for the interview

It is better to arrive early for the interview, and have time to calm down, than to arrive late and be all flustered. Plan your route! If you are not sure where the company is based, go to the company the day before, so that you know exactly where they are, how long it takes to get there etc. Arriving late for an interview creates such a bad impression. It is also makes the potential employer jittery as to your time management skills and punctuality. Aim to arrive at least 10 minutes early.

4. The dress code for most interviews is formal

Dress appropriately. Looking neat and tidy, is key. It’s sometimes better to go for a clean, classy look, as opposed to trying to make a fashion statement. For example, ladies can wear black pants and a buttoned shirt and men can wear a suit and a tie. Rather be a bit formal and overdressed than under dressed.

5. Be confident

Dress appropriately. Looking neat and tidy, is key. It’s sometimes better to go for a clean, classy look, as opposed to trying to make a fashion statement. For example, ladies can wear black pants and a buttoned shirt and men can wear a suit and a tie. Rather be a bit formal and overdressed than under dressed.

5. Be confident

Try and keep eye contact and speak clearly. Don’t fidget!Keep your legs still, and your hands in your lap, if you are worried you may start fidgeting during theinterview. Remember if they have taken the time to invite you in for an interview, there is interest from their side!

6. Sit up straight

Posture adds to the presentation of the individual and like dress code, it is likely to affect the interviewers perception of the individual’s neatness and tidiness.

7. Telephonic Interview

If it is a telephonic interview then make sure the call takes place in a quiet area. Make sure the battery is fully charged if it is a cellular phone. Either book a conference room where you can have some privacy, or take the call from home, or an office where it is quiet.

8. Turn off your cellphone

Under no circumstances, should your cellphone be left on, unless it has been switched to silent.

9. Don’t argue

Many interviewers will chose to put you under pressure, and almost intentionally create a conflict situation, or put forward illogical arguments. This is done to test how you respond to pressure and conflict. Don’t argue or fly of the handle. You can debate the subject and put forward your argument in a constructive, controlled way, but becoming angry or offensive, will not get you anywhere!