If you’re invited for an interview, it means the employer thinks you’re a genuine candidate for the advertised role. You’ve made it through the first recruitment phase and impressed them enough that they want to meet you and find out more about your skills, experience and personal attributes. Generally, you’ll be one of a number of people being interviewed for a single position.
- Do your research: make sure you know the basic facts about the job and the employer (especially understanding exactly what it is they do).
- Be neat and presentable. If the job is office-based, dress appropriately. If it is outdoors or warehouse/factory-based, dress in smart, clean clothes.
- Make sure you know the address of the company and where you need to go for your interview.
- Allow enough time to get there: being late does not create a good impression!
- Plan to arrive 10 minutes early so you can settle yourself before your interview.
- Bring a copy of your resume, cover letter (and selection criteria if relevant), as the interviewers may refer to them.
- Turn off your mobile phone before going into the interview.
- Shake hands with your interviewer/s and make eye contact.
- Take your time when responding to questions. It’s okay to ask for a question to be repeated. It’s also okay to take a moment to think about a response before you start speaking.
- Prepare a question for the interview panel, as you will most likely be asked if there is anything you would like to know about the job. Use this opportunity to show your genuine interest in the role, the business and the work environment.
- Try to relax!
- Be yourself.
What sort of questions to expect
During the interview, you will likely be asked questions that give you an opportunity to show how your skills and experience are relevant to the vacant job. You will also be asked general questions that enable you to talk a little about yourself and your personal strengths.
- Tell us a little bit about yourself? (This is about your work history).
- What attracted you to apply for this job? (What is your motivation in applying?)
- What are your strengths? (What are you best at, particularly in a work context?)
- What are your areas for improvement? (This is a chance to show your interest in learning/career progression.)
- What are your goals? Where do you see yourself in five years? (This is a chance to show you are motivated and interested in career progression)
- Can you provide an example of a time when you… (These types of questions will relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the job.)
- When can you start?
- Do you have any questions for us?