S5 Corporate Response - шаблон joomla Книги
Applying for a Job
  • Register
track progress

Having secured an interview with a prospective employer, you now need to do some preparation. The more prepared you are, the better your chances are of getting the job. Here are some useful tips on how to have a successful interview:


1- Do your homework

Know the company's major products or services, the organization of the company (divisions, parent company, etc.), current business news about the company and the company's major customers and competitors. You can learn most or all of this information from the company's website, annual report or company literature.



2- Check your CV

Re-familiarize yourself with what's on your CV or Application Form. Make sure you know how you are going to explain time gaps on your CV.


3- Practice answering questions

Think about questions you may be asked and how you would answer them (cf. Virtual Job Interview).


4- Watch your non-verbal communication

 Maintain an open body posture and appropriate eye contact.



5- Watch your language and your manners

Employers are interested in candidates who can express themselves properly. Even if you have to slow down to correct yourself - do it!



6- Don't be afraid to think before you speak

Use silence and intentional pause to your advantage. Time is occasionally needed to think and to reflect. The interviewer will respect you for taking a question seriously enough to give it a moment of consideration before answering.



7- Don't be embarrassed by nervousness

Interviewers are human, and they often become nervous, too. In fact, nervousness is a good sign - it shows that you are taking the interview seriously. But avoid nervous mannerisms such as tapping your fingers, feet, playing with pens, etc.


8- Be honest!

Don’t lie or exaggerate about anything either on your resume, application, or during the interview. It is grounds for immediate dismissal when the falsity is discovered.


9- Follow the interviewer's lead

Don't try to take over the interview. Stick to the main subject at hand, but do not spend too much time on one point. It is better to deal with many questions rather than just one or two in-depth questions, unless that's where the interviewer leads you.


10- Be prepared for personal or inappropriate questions

Anticipate how you will handle personal questions without blowing your cool.


11- Emphasize what you can do for the organization

This means emphasizing your transferable skills. However, be careful not to reveal trade secrets from a previous employer. Employers are concerned most with what you can do for them. Focus on your ability to tackle new situations, your communication skills, interpersonal abilities, analytical thinking talents, and other skills developed while in college or in previous positions.


12- Wait for an offer to bring up salary

Let the interviewer bring up this subject. Often salary and benefits are not discussed at all on the first interview.  Even though everyone knows that salary is important, you do not want to give the impression that it is the only consideration.  If it is, you can be easily lured away be a competitor offering a slightly higher salary.  The interviewer needs to see that you are interested in the other aspects of the job like the potential for growth, learning or the challenge of the position.


13- Never speak badly about a former employer

If there were problems with previous experiences, try to put your answers in the positive rather than the negative. If you slight a former employer, the interviewer may assume that you will someday do the same to him or her.


14- Be prepared to ask questions

Almost all interviewers will ask if you have any questions. You should have some ready and should have at least one that is related to the conversation you have just completed.  This demonstrates that you are both prepared and interested. Your questions should be related to details about the company and should be based on the information you learned from the homework you have done.  You should not ask questions like "How long do I have to wait before I can take a vacation?" 


15- Be careful with the closing

End quickly and courteously. Thank your interviewer for the interview.


Student Zone