Interview Tips and Techniques

Making the selection stage for a job is one hurdle - Nailing the interview is another. We've put together some interview tips & techniques to help you stand out from the crowd.

If you have been asked to attend an interview with an end client you have already passed the initial stage of the selection process and been deemed to be a good match, even if on paper.

The importance of being 100% truthful on your resume is absolutely paramount and you must ensure that everything written on your resume refers to your own personal experience and skill set. (See Resume Writing Tips).

An interview has a number of different objectives and can often be conducted using different styles and techniques.

Preparation is very important and now easier than ever with the use of the internet, LinkedIn and other social media, company websites and YouTube etc.

Your Orbital Group consultant will also give you some insightful information about who you will be meeting, the environment and what the role involves.

When, Who, How & What

When & Who
Know the exact time and place of the interview, the name of the interviewer and title.
If arranged by an Orbital Group consultant this will all be provided to you via email.
What to wear
Always wear business attire to interviews and be as well presented as possible. For men, a suit and tie and for ladies, formal, corporate attire is always the best option even if the environment may not be that formal.
How are you getting there?
Being late doesn't make a good impression. Research your travel plans and allow plenty of time to get there. Allow for walking, queuing for tickets, delayed public transport and traffic on the roads. If you are early you can relax and compose yourself.
What to ask
Prepare any questions that you might wish to ask about the role in case they are not covered throughout the meeting.

The Interview

You have been invited in to the interview because they feel that you match the role they are looking to fill.The interviewer wants the interview to go well and they want to hire the best person for the job.

Throughout any interview there are a number of factors that will be being assessed – These can include:

  • your strengths and weaknesses;
  • evaluating your qualifications;
  • skills;
  • the integrity of your resume;
  • attitude, aptitude, motivations, stability and other personal attributes.

More interview tips:

  • Arrive on time or just a few minutes early. Do not arrive too early and never arrive late.
  • Your interview starts as soon as you walk through the door. Turn your phone off, always be polite to the person on the front desk¬† and be aware of your body language.
  • Greet the interviewer with a firm but not crippling hand shake and maintain eye contact when being introduced to the interviewer.
  • Build rapport whilst being walked to the interview room. Be personable yet very professional.
  • Never interrupt the interviewer. Listening skills are often just as important as verbal communication skills.
  • Always be aware of your body language and that of your interviewers throughout an interview. In situations where there is more than one person conducting the interview, ensure that you communicate with all those in the room with eye contact and not just to one person.
  • Answer questions in a clear, concise and factual manner and make your answers specifically about yourself. Be to the point and give good examples. Do not get side tracked and go off on a tangent.
  • Conduct yourself in a confident manner but ensure that you are not arrogant. Everyone should be open to learning and change and no one knows everything.
  • Do not enquire about salary, holidays, bonuses in the initial interview.

Types of generalist questions

As part of your pre-interview preparation – make sure you can answer these questions.

  • What do you know about this company and the role we are looking to fill?
  • What are your long term aspirations and goals?
  • How would others describe you?
  • What are your main strengths and weaknesses?
  • What would make you stand out from the crowd?
  • What are the reasons for your previous roles finishing?
  • How do you like to be managed?
  • Can you give me some examples of where you have worked well in a team and on your own?

Closing the interview

  • If you like the role and are interested you must let the interviewer know.
  • If offered the job and you need to think about it, ask for it.
  • The interviewer will often take some time to reflect on your interview to make a judgement before talking with your Orbital representative. We will speak to you first to gauge your feedback before talking to the client.
  • Always thank the interviewer for their time and for the opportunity to meet with them.
  • If the interviewer engages in small talk at the end of the interview ensure that you retain your professionalism until you leave the building.

After The Interview

  • Call your Orbital group Consultant straight away to discuss how the interview went.
  • If you have any afterthought feel free to contact discuss this with your consultant.
  • Do not contact the company/interviewer direct and always communicate via your Orbital representative. Clients do not wish to be contacted directly until after a position has been offered.
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