Most graduates and young adults often feel intimidated and nervous when it comes to a job interview. We often overthink our response when it comes to answering a specific question and this has an effect on your self-confidence. An interview is merely a one-on-one conversation that is conducted with the employer and candidate. Interviews are not always structured and formal; it depends on the position that you are interviewed for. There are no right or wrong answers when being asked a question, it is how you interpret the question and your answer will flow automatically.
Here are some of the questions to ask during an interview:
- What are the responsibilities would I need to fulfill on a day-to-day basis?
- What are the requirements and expectations of the role?
- What is the culture-fit of the organisation?
- What are the company’s values?
- Is there potential growth in this specific role?
- How urgent is this position?
- Who will I report to within this position?
- What is the most challenging part of this role?
- Is the position internal or external?
- How is one evaluated for the role?
Interview winner tips:
- Do research about the company (values/ what type of service they offer)
- Know your CV (start/ end dates, reason for leaving and explaining any gaps in your CV)
- Always dress professionally and arrive 10-15 minutes early in case any documentation needs to be completed
- Make a good first impression and be professional as possible
- Try and sell yourself and explain to the interviewer why you would be suited for the position
- Highlight your strengths
- Listen attentively to the question before answering
- Body language is important, be confident, maintain eye contact and be positive
- Lasty, thank the interviewer for their time and what the feedback process will be like
Interview tips to avoid:
- Do not arrive late
- Do not lie on your CV
- Do not answer your cell phone during the interview (turn it off or put it on silent)
- Do not chew a sweet or gum as it is a distraction
- Do not show up unprepared for the interview
- Do not take the control of the interview or be overly confident/ arrogant
- Avoid controversial or political topics
- Do not speak too much about salary or money
- Try and avoid going off topic and answering only the questions asked
Being prepared for an interview is very important as it increases and boosts your self-confidence and you have a greater sense of control of what to expect during the interview process.