HOW TO NAIL THE PERFECT JOB INTERVIEW
Tips and advice on how to ace that interview and land your dream job
The interview stage for a new job will make or break your application. Suzi Kuban, marketing manager Gulf region of Hays, explains what the best strategy is when going for a job interview.
How do I prepare for an interview?
There are some basic (and expected) things to do in order to prepare for an interview, such as visit the firm’s website, anticipate questions and answers, and learn about your interviewer on LinkedIn. However, now information is so readily available to anyone anywhere, this basic preparation will no longer make you stand out.
What should I wear?
You need to look, act and dress professionally. Ideally, a business suit should be worn. Clean shoes, clean fingernails and clean well-groomed hair are important. I can’t overemphasise how important first impressions are. Research has shown that an interviewer has made an impression within the first eight seconds of meeting the person. The remainder of the interview is spent confirming this opinion, or turning this opinion around.
Should I turn up early to show I’m keen?
Arrive 10 minutes early for your interview. Note that you begin to be judged as soon as you walk in the door. It’s common practice for the receptionist to report back to the interviewer on your general demeanour; even slouching in the waiting area could cost you.
How should I behave during the interview?
Once you are in the interview room rest your arms on the arms of the chair or on your legs. Folding your arms and legs can be seen as an aggressive stance. In addition to body language remember your interviewer’s name. Make a conscious effort to remember the name of your interviewer, and use it quite often and as you leave. It’s an old trick politicians use when establishing rapport with journalists who interview them, and it’s surprisingly effective.
How should I finish the interview?
have pulled off a flawless verbal (and nonverbal) interview simply sign it off with a handshake and a smile.
Should I follow-up after the interview? If you interviewed directly with the organisation follow up the interview with an email thanking the interviewer for their time and reiterate how much you enjoyed meeting them. Send this before the interviewer has a chance to forget you. If you interviewed through a recruitment company, give immediate feedback to your consultant, including any areas you felt you may have fallen down on. There is also a possibility you will be offered the job on the spot, at the end of the interview - if you are, and are unsure, be confident enough to ask for time to think about it. But don’t wait too long.