Preparation is the first essential step towards conducting a successful interview. The better prepared you are, the more confident you'll be. Below we cover pre-interview tips, interview techniques to get you through, how should you close an interview and what to do post the interview.
Effectively prepare for your interview with these top tips.
During the interview, you will be assessed for your strengths and weaknesses/areas for development. In addition to this, specific personal characteristics will be examined, such as attitude, aptitude, stability, motivation and maturity.
Some interview dos and don'ts follow:
Be prepared to answer questions such as:
If you are interested in the position, enquire about the next interview stage. If the interview offers the position to you and you want it, accept on the spot. If you wish for some time to think it over, be courteous and tactful in asking for that time. Set a definite date on which you can provide an answer. Don't be too discouraged if no definite offer is made nor a specific salary discussed. The interviewer will probably want to consult colleagues or interview other candidates (or both) before making a decision.
If you get the impression that the interview is not going very well and you have already been rejected, don't let your discouragement show. Once in a while an interviewer who is genuinely interested in your possibilities may intend to discourage you in order to test your reaction. Thank the interviewer for the time spent with you.
Lastly, and most importantly, call your consultant immediately after the interview to explain what happened. The consultant will want to speak with you before the interviewer calls.
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