Watch and get a few tips from recruitment specialists.
Nail your job interview: 5 steps to success
Well done! Your CV was perfect and you’ve been called for the interview. You may be feeling a range of emotions by now: excited one minute and a bundle of nerves the next. Don’t worry, we’ve prepared a five-step plan to help you through this process.
When an interviewer asks about who you are, it can get awkward, if you don’t know what to say. Here’s how you can answer this question:
Don’t use clichés. Avoid saying things like, “I am a fun-loving person who enjoys reading.” That’s great, but you’ll need to capture the interviewer’s attention. Try saying something that will help you stand out like, “I can describe myself using three words…” or start by referring to something you enjoy, “I’m a lot like my favourite musician…”
It always helps to be creative and show some personality. You don’t need to memorise your answer but take time to prepare possible answers for this question.
Asking questions lets the interviewer know that you’re interested. Here are some questions you could ask and some you should avoid during your job interview:
About the responsibilities you’ll have. This shows that you’re interested and thinking about how you could use your skills to benefit the company.
What “success” means to the employer. It lets the employer know that you could help solve problems.
About the team. Ask the interviewer about the team you’ll work with and how you fit in.
About the interviewer’s religious beliefs or political stance. You may disagree, so avoid disagreements at all costs.
Whether you’ll get a bonus, benefits or anything salary-related. Save your salary negotiations for the second interview or until the interviewer brings it up. However, you will need to know your salary details before you sign a contract.
Things you should already know. Never ask the interviewer information about the company that you should have picked up during your research before the interview. It may create the impression that you’re not serious about the job.