Interview Tips For Job Seekers

The employment interview is often the most dreaded step of the recruitment process by Job Seekers. Well it does not have to be. Below are some tips to help you prepare for the employment interview.

  1. Be yourself within reason. Remember this is an interview and you are there to talk about your experience and what you can offer the employer. Try to not share too much personal information, remain professional and focused at all times. Smile and participate in the small talk that the interviewer will most likely start with.

  2. Most interviewers will start by introducing themselves, colleagues and then you might be asked to tell them about yourself. These questions are designed to get things started, so start by telling them a little bit about yourself and then move into your education and experience and finally say that the role of X is a perfect fit with your experience. You can ask them if they want you to cover your experience in detail from the beginning, or to just generally discuss what you have been doing.

  3. The interviewer will then normally ask some key questions, they might be open or closed ended questions. They may also ask you to provide an example of a time you did X. For example, an example of a time when you lead or participated in something. Think of an example, explain the situation, your role, and finally, the results or achievements. You can also mention any lessons learned.

  4. In the interview, speak clearly, moderate pace, be logical, and precise. Donít make long winded comments and stories, try to answer the question and if in doubt, you can ask if they would like you to provide more information or another example.

  5. How you come across is very important depending on the role. You need to be the role you want, so if you are expected to be a leader, demonstrate your leadership qualities. If you are expected to be a follower, then show them you can follow, etc. Donít come across as arrogant, impatient, intolerant or condescending. Also donít present yourself as perfect, we all have areas to develop so be honest and ensure that you mention what you are doing to address the area that could use development.

  6. Donít bring up the salary. Let them bring it up, once they do, provide details of your current or last salary. If they ask about your expected salary you can mention it at that point.

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