Interviews can be both daunting and exciting experiences, to ensure that you are best prepared to secure your next position, Orbital have devised a simple checklist to give you the best possible chance for your next role. Remember that interviews are a “two way street”. It is just as important for you to feel that the role and company is as great a fit for you as it is for the company to feel that you are a right fit for them.
Prior to going for your Interview
- Research the company, make sure you know what they do as a business.
- Plan how to get there. If travelling by bus/train allow for potential delays. If travelling by car ensure that you allow time for traffic and to find a parking spot.
- Know who is interviewing you and what their role is.
- Be clear on the role you are interviewing for.
- Prepare to answer standard interview questions: Reasons for leaving last roles, where do you want to be in 3-5 years? What are you looking for in your next role? How do you like to be managed? Give me an example of a time you overcame a tough situation?
If represented by Orbital Group, your consultant will provide you an interview confirmation document confirming who will be interviewing you (names and position titles), the full address of where to go and when the interview will take place, the company website URL, the position title and description of the role you have applied for. “If you fail to prepare for the interview then prepare to fail in the interview”.
At Interview Do:
- Always wear business attire.
- Arrive 5 minutes early to meet reception sign in and compose. Never get there more than 10 minutes or less than 2 minutes early.
- Remember that the interview begins as soon as you walk through the door and approach reception.
- Ensure you meet with a firm handshake, eye contact and a smile. “You don’t get a 2nd chance to make a first impression”.
- Build rapport and enjoy some polite chat when meeting for the first time.
- Be very mindful of your communication and body language at all times.
- Listening skills are just as important (if not more important) than talking. The saying “Remember you have 2 ears and 1 mouth” can often be very relevant.
- Be sure to respond to questions in a clear and concise manner with relevant examples. Be to the point and don’t over complicate sentences or waffle off topic.
- Stay composed.
- Maintain eye contact with those whom you speak with. If attending a panel interview remember to engage everyone in the room.
- Remain professional at all times even if the interviewer is very relaxed.
- Ask questions where appropriate.
- If you are interested in the role then be sure to let the interviewer know that you are keen.
- Always thank interviewers for their time at departure and leave with another handshake.
- Bad mouth your previous employers.
- Ask about money and holidays in the first interviews. If being represented by an agent you should have already been informed of these points.
- Swear in an interview. Even if the person/people conducting the interview happen to swear you should remain professional at all times.
- Lie. Honesty is often the best policy and you will generally be found out.
Be yourself as no one is better qualified in that department. If successful you will be spending a lot of time working with these individuals so make sure that you feel comfortable.