So your CV made it through the first round and you are shortlisted for a first interview, you are no longer just a CV….. Now what?
Take a breath and relax! Here are a few hints and tips on preparing for that all important interview:
Before The Interview:
- Research the organization. Read up on the history of the organization as well as current affairs. It is always impressive to show interest and initiative.
- Review your qualifications and experience. Think about how well you fit the job specifications and the organization.
- Prepare answers to broad questions about yourself. Think about your strengths and weaknesses.
- Plan the day of the interview. Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes early. Remember to account for traffic or any other unexpected delays. Ensure you have some money with you in case you need to take a taxi or bus unexpectedly.
- Be well groomed. Your hair and nails should be clean and trimmed.
- Dress appropriately. Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed. It is best to be conservative and on the side of caution.
- Do not chew gum or smoke.
- Use good manners. Remember to greet your interviewer, and everyone else you meet politely and pleasantly.
- Relax and answer each question concisely. It’s important to listen and pay attention to the interviewer to compose an appropriate answer.
- Respond promptly. Be ready to engage the interviewer. You want to encourage conversation, rather than just providing monotonous responses to questions.
- Pay attention to your body language. Shake hands firmly and make eye contact. Don’t lean back or slump in your chair.
- Use proper English. Avoid any jargon.
- Be enthusiastic. Relax and lean forward a little so you appear interested and engaged.
- If the interviewer gives you a Test:
- Listen closely to instructions.
- Read each question carefully.
- Write legibly and clearly.
- Budget your time wisely and don’t dwell on one question.
PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD…. IT’S YOUR TIME TO SHINE!!!