Interview Tips

​We know how difficult it can be when searching for a job, whether you're new to the job hunt or a veteran in the art, it can be difficult to know what an employer is looking for.​ 

We've put together a few tips of what we notice when we interview:

Tardiness

Being late for your interview is an immediate red flag for your employer

Lack of preparation - DO YOUR RESEARCH!

If you can't answer the question "what do you know about this company?" then you may as well have missed the interview and caught up on some sleep. There's no excuse for it, most companies have a website and an about us section, so read it.

Slouch

Sitting up straight makes you look far more interested and professional.

Dress appropriately

If you're not sure what to wear, visit the organisation and watch employees coming in and out of the office to see what they're wearing.

Dress appropriately

If you're not sure what to wear, visit the organisation and watch employees coming in and out of the office to see what they're wearing.

Poor communication skills

The importance of communicating with everyone you meet in your search for employment is huge. It's also important to make sure that communication is positive. Shake hands, make eye contact, be confident and engage with the person you are speaking with. Your potential employer doesn't want to feel like they're pulling teeth.

Chatty Matty

There can be nothing worse than someone who doesn't shut up. The interviewer doesn't need or want to know your whole life story, so unless it's relevant don't bring it up. Keep answers simple and to the point.

Fuzzy facts

Even if you've already submitted a CV, you may also be asked to fill out a job application. The information on these needs to match. Putting one set of dates for a previous employment on one and an other set on another just makes you seem inaccurate and careless. As a result your application will be taken no further.

Read from your CV

Your employer has already read this; they don't need to listen to it again word for word. You should be familiar enough with your own history to explain it without prompting. Expand on what they already know and draw from experiences to answer questions.

Wrong answer

Listen to the question and take a moment to gather your thoughts before you respond.

Badmouthing

Oh so your last boss was an idiot? That's great, goodbye. Even if it's true don't say it, the only thing this will achieve is making you appear like a negative person. Also the company you're applying for might have some connection or do business with the very place you're ranting about. It's a small world.

Forget to follow up

Even if you're worried that you didn't make the best impression or could have done better, be sure to follow up your interview with a thank you note reiterating your interest in the position and the company.

Admit defeat

Everyone at some point has blown an interview or two, so don't take it to heart, learn from your mistakes and don't make the same ones next time.

Repeat

Don't just rely on one example to answer questions as it will look like you're lacking in experience. You should be able to answer common questions such as "Give us an example of when you have used initiative" and "Give us an example of when you have used your influencing skills" easily and fluently. Have some examples ready, strengths, weaknesses, achievements and any questions.