As a global technical recruitment company, VHR is well equipped with top tips for interview techniques. Job interviews can be daunting, but remaining upbeat and enthusiastic is essential - as interviews are all about self-promotion and selling your skills.
The most important tip to remember is that it’s not necessarily what you say that makes the first impression; your interview begins the minute you step through the door, so take note of the following:
Always be on time for an interview, even if that means being early. Nothing makes a worse impression than being late - it can show a lack of organisation and poor punctuality. Below are a few ways to avoid being late:
Prior to your interview day, ensure you do your homework about the employer/company and the industry you are applying to be a part of. It’s almost a guarantee that you will be asked the question “What do you know about the company?” and you don’t want to be stuck for words. The best information to come prepared with is:
Practicing interview questions before the big day will enable help alleviate some stress and nerves - the more you prepare, the more comfortable and successful you will be at interviewing.
Practicing your responses to a ‘typical’ job interview question will enable you to think of examples that best highlight your skill-set. Make a list of requirements expected from the job role you are applying for, and then match them with your past experience, personality attributes and qualifications (provide examples of evidence for validity). Ask yourself, can you demonstrate from these questions how you've developed? Or is your answer too generic? Below is a list of questions frequently asked in job interviews:
Nevertheless, some of the world’s leading companies such as Google, Facebook, AirBnB, and Apple often ask incredibly difficult and quirky interview questions in order to separate the generic from the creative. Below are a few, weird and confusing examples:
Additional, as well as preparing how to answer questions asked to you, also ensure you have a list of your own questions to ask the employer; this will highlight your enthusiasm for the company.
Your skills, qualifications, and past experience are an integral to your success at a job interview. However, employers will also hire candidates based on whether they like them and whether they will fit well into the company’s culture. Therefore, it is important for the candidate to be confident, build rapport, and make a personal connection with the interviewer.
Try to relate to what you know about the company and how your experience is relevant when answering questions. For example, when you are discussing your career accomplishments, ensure you match them with what the company is looking for. Additionally, it’s a good idea to use specific phrases that allow the interviewer to acknowledge that you understand their company, for instance:
Also, it is important to reflect on your body language also. One great tactic is to nod your head from time to time; this shows the interviewer you understand and agree with the points they are making.
Both before and during the job interview, try to relax, control your nerves, and stay as calm as possible; remember, your body language says as much as your answers to the questions do. Here's how to stay calm in a job interview:
After an interview, it is always both respectful and thoughtful to follow-up with a thank you email reiterating your keen interest in the job position. In this email, you could also include any remaining details that you may have forgotten to mention during your interview.
Send your thank you note within 24 hours of your interview. Following up on an interview not only shows the interviewer that you are enthusiastic and keen, but it also reflects your friendliness and leaves a memorable, lasting impression.
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