Job Interview Tips
Prepare! Prepare! Prepare!
Before you walk in that interview room, you need to know the following:
- Yourself! Re-read your application and CV, make sure that you can explain in further detail anything you have written as they could nit-pick on things you don’t even remember writing! Think from the employer’s point of view what your strengths and weaknesses are.
- The job! Don’t make the mistake of not revising the job description/requirements before you go to the interview. For every specification think of an example of how you are ideal.
- The organization! Research the company as much as possible. If you mention facts about the company throughout the interview it will show your interest in working for them and not just wanting any old job. Visit their website, Facebook or Linkedin page.
- The details! Always double-check the time and place of the interview, if you have the time, it pays to check out the area a few days before so you know exactly which route to take and where it is. The last thing you want is to be turning up late to an interview. Also, find out what the clothing requirements are, however, it always looks better if you turn up in a nice clean suit. Arrive earlier than the time you are expected to show you are keen.
Here is a list of performance tips for your interview:
- Have good body language: no slimy handshakes! Always smile and maintain eye contact.
- Relax and be yourself – if you feel nervous take deep breaths and remember it’s only an interview not an interrogation!
- Be enthusiastic but make sure you speak slowly and clearly.
- Avoid yes or no answers.
- Be truthful and no matter how bad you think it is going remain positive! Any negative experiences can be explained as learning experiences.
- If you don’t understand a question always ask for clarification.
- Don’t forget to ask them questions about the job. It demonstrates your interest, ask about duties and the organization but try to avoid the dreaded topic of salary. Even though for you that is the most important question, they could see it as impolite.
- Last but not least walk into that interview room with your head held high thinking you are the best candidate for the job. Always show the interviewer you are confident and an ideal candidate, that way, even if the interview goes badly you will at least have given them a great impression of yourself, even if you do spend the rest of the day crying into a pillow.
Psychometric tests are one of the different methods that organisations typically use to assess job applicants. In order to practice online and prepare for your job aptitude test or assessment centre visit the University of Kent website which provides various different psychometric tests including Numerical Reasoning tests, Letter Sequences tests, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning tests, Verbal Logic tests, Computer Aptitude tests, Vocabulary tests, Homonyms tests, Spelling and Puctuation tests, Lateral Thinking tests, Teamwork styles tests, Leadership styles tests, What are your strengths and Career Explorer tests. The tests include the right answers as well as the way to work them out.
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