Being prepared for the selection process is crucial to getting a good job. Most roles are appraised periodically and do require the candidate to keep current and maintain a professional approach to their role within an establishment. It is crucial therefore to always be prepared for the interview process. Here are some hints and tips to being successful:
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
Find out as much relevant information as possible about the company and the role before the interview. Your knowledge of the following facts is essential:
- Know the location of the interview (some companies have a Head Office and branches)
- Plan your route and journey. Allow enough time to ensure you are early. )
- Know what you care going to wear and have in ready for wearing on the day)
- Know the chronological order of your education and employment history: roles, duties, achievements, salary and reasons for leaving. )
- Prepare a copy of your CV to give to the interviewer if requested. Better to be safe than sorry. )
- What the company does)
- If possible find out the roles of the interviewers in order to help you perpare your answers)
- Who their competitors are)
- What the role involves)
- Prepare and practice your answers to these questions and prepare some questions to ask the interviewers to demonstrate your interest in the role and the company. )
- This list is not exhaustive but is there to help you prepare.
ON THE DAY OF THE INTERVIEW
- Rehearse your answers. Decide not to be nervous.
- Dress appropriately so that you are comfortable and appear confident. Remember that first impressions does matter.
AT THE INTERVIEW
- Think before you speak
- Relax and speak clearly. Ensure you are answering the questions you have been asked
- Sit appropriately and be professional with your gestures. Show respect to the interviewers,
- Express your interest in the role. Remember this is your opportunity to sell yourself