Once you have been selected for an interview, it can be an exciting and challenging time. It means you have passed the first stage of the recruitment process with a successful CV and cover letter.
Many candidates experience nerves throughout the interview process and there are a few quick tips you can apply to calm the butterflies in your stomach.
1. Research the company
Reviewing the company website and reading company information will help ensure you are properly prepared to answer questions and will also provide a framework for your own questions to the interviewer.
The most credible way to demonstrate your knowledge about a company is to ask meaningful questions about their current business, future goals and business objectives. A quick review of the media section on the company website or LinkedIn page will reveal the organisation’s current priorities.
2. Dress professionally for the role
You only get one chance to make the best impression in your interview. By dressing professionally no matter the cultural norm, you already have the advantage over other candidates. By wearing corporate attire, your interviewer will appreciate the level of pride you take in your appearance. Most companies adhere to specific dress codes, be mindful of this, as your interviewer will be taking this into consideration when hiring new staff.
3. Prepare and practice potential interview questions
There are a number of questions you are likely to be asked in every interview, such as:
- Why did you apply for this role?
- What do you know about our company?
- What experience do you have in our industry?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Although it is important to prepare for these questions, many interviewers will ask behavioural style questions to help them understand you better as a person and observe how you perform under pressure or in different circumstances.
It pays to write a longer list of predictable and less predictable questions you may be asked. Be prepared to give prompt and articulate responses to questions such as:
- What motivates you?
- How do you spend your spare time?
- What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
- What is your biggest regret?
These questions are designed to side-step the ‘canned responses’ and encourage candidates to speak ‘off-the-cuff’ on a subject that is not directly related to the role. It may seem challenging but it is an increasingly common way for an interviewer to determine which candidates might be the right fit for their team culture.
In summary, research the company, dress professionally for the role, and prepare and practice interviewer questions.
Good luck in your interviews!
About The Author – Shannon Lippert
As PKL Recruitment’s New South Wales Branch Manager, Shannon is responsible for both the Temporary and Permanent Divisions. Since joining the PKL Recruitment team in 2013, Shannon has always lead from the front, guiding and growing the Sydney PKL Recruitment Branch to be one of the most successful recruitment teams in Sydney. Contact Shannon directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or on LinkedIn.
About PKL Recruitment
PKL Recruitment strives on assisting candidates to succeed in their chosen career. PKL Recruitment specialises in business support and call centre recruitment for part time, temporary or permanent roles. Visit our website for more information on how we can assist you with your interview preparation.