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An interview gives you the opportunity to showcase your qualifications to an employer, so it pays to be well prepared. Interviews should not be intimidating although most of the time they appear to be for a number of reasons. It could be because you defiantly want the job you have applied for or you do not know what to expect at the time of being interviewed. Whatever the reason, interviews are done by the employer to get to know the real you and how you can benefit the company or organisation. Hiring managers want to find out from you as to why you feel you are the right person for the job and why they should hire you! If you can convince or reassure them that you are the right candidate against many others, then you stand a good chance of being acknowledged and given the job offer. The best way to reassure the hiring manager is through being confident and well prepared before you have your interview.
Job Interview Tips
The following gives tips on how to be well prepared for interviews that is intended to work in your favour during the interview process:
- Learn about the organization.
- Have a specific job or jobs in mind.
- Review your qualifications for the job.
- Be ready to briefly describe your experience, showing how it relates it the job.
- Be ready to answer broad questions, such as “Why should I hire you?” “Why do you want this job?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
- Practice an interview with a friend or relative.
- Be well groomed.
- Dress appropriately.
- Do not chew gum or smoke.
- Be early.
- Learn the name of your interviewer and greet him or her with a firm handshake.
- Use good manners with everyone you meet.
- Relax and answer each question concisely.
- Use proper English—avoid slang.
- Be cooperative and enthusiastic. Use body language to show interest—use eye contact and don’t slouch.
- Ask questions about the position and the organization, but avoid questions whose answers can easily be found on the company Web site. Also avoid asking questions about salary and benefits unless a job offer is made.
- Thank the interviewer when you leave and shake hands.
- Send a short thank you note following the interview.
Information to bring to an interview:
- Proof of Identity (Passport, Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence, Leave to remain documents)
- National Insurance Number (UK) / Social Security Card (US)
- Government-issued identification (Driver’s License, Right to work documents).
- Resume/CV or application. Although not all employers require a resume/CV, you should be able to furnish the interviewer information about your education, training, and previous employment.
- References. Employers typically require two to three references. Get permission before using anyone as a reference. Make sure that they will give you a good reference. Try to avoid using relatives as references.
- Transcripts or qualification certificates. Employers may require an official copy of transcripts to verify grades, coursework, dates of attendance, and highest grade completed or degree awarded.