How to interview and get the job!
Knowing how to interview and get the job can be a very stressful experience. Many people list interviewing for a job among their top 5 fears! Here are a few key steps from the team at New Start Careers to help you on your way to success.
- Research the company
– Find out as much as you can about the company; its history, culture, market size, products, competitors
- Know the job
– Understand the position and what is required to be successful in the position
- Consider potential questions you may be asked;
- Refine your answers to best highlight your experience and suitability
- Role play with family and friends
– Be challenged
- Know your resume!
- Prepare a list of questions to ask
- Ensure they are relevant and will add value OR allow you to introduce skills and attributes
- Be careful not to ask questions that are answered in the job advertisement or on the company website.
- Plan how you will get to the interview
- Have a contingency plan
- Aim to arrive at the venue between 15 – 30 minutes early
- Present to reception 10 minutes early and be prepared to wait patiently.
- Bring copies of your resume
- Look, act and dress professionally
- First impressions count and last
- Clean shoes
- Clean finger nails
- Clean well groomed hair
- Control body odour
- Do not over use deodorant or perfumes
- Identify what stresses you
- Develop strategies to overcome/minimise stress
- It’s ok to be nervous
- It’s ok to admit you are nervous
- Firm handshake
- Clear speech and communication
- Follow the lead of the interviewer
- Pay close attention to questions
- Ensure you answer the question
- Keep answers between 1 – 2 minutes long
- Be enthusiastic/keen
- Be friendly and polite SMILE
- Make sure you don’t rush your answers, many people speed up their speech when nervous
- Be confident, not arrogant
- Try to establish two way conversation rather than straight Q & A
Posture and body language
- Sit upright
- Do not cross arms
- Keep eye contact with who is talking to you
- Provide visual responses to show you are attentive (nod head etc, smile)
- Do not fidget, rock, continually shuffle in your seat.
Tell me about yourself…
- It’s ok to reveal personal information
– I enjoy rock climbing, spending time with family
– Try and think of something unique they can remember about you. (skydiving?)
- Do not over-share
– My partner and I had an argument this morning
– An activity that may embarrass the interviewer
Use the S.T.A.R. model to answer questions comprehensively.
“Situation – Task – Action – Result”
- Situation – Describe a situation you were in eg. A colleague was struggling with performance.
- Task – Tell them what you decided to do eg. I sat down with my colleague to discuss how I could help.
- Action – Describe what you actually did eg. I gave my colleague examples of how I improved my own performance.
- Result – Tell them what happened as a result of your actions eg. His/her performance improved dramatically.
- Ask prepared questions that haven’t been answered during the interview.
- Seek clarification of timeframes
- Confirm your interest/desire to obtain the vacancy
- Tack on an additional reason why you are suited in your closing statement (1 – 2 mins)
- Thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity