Land your dream role: interview tips that will impress
You’ve submitted your resume along with a tailored cover letter and received a phone call for an interview. Now it’s time to impress the interviewers with your skills and decide if the role is the right fit for you. WISE Employment Recruitment Advisor, Daniel Botha, provides interview tips to help you get your next job.
Do your research
“By researching the company, you can explain what interests you about the organisation. This makes it more interesting for the interviewer and showcases your enthusiasm and authenticity,” explains Daniel.
When researching, look at the services or products the organisation provides, the company values, organisational news, target audiences (if applicable) and anything relevant to your role.
To find this information have a look at the company:
- Website – especially the ‘about’ and ‘news’ section
- Google the company and see what news comes up
“When you’ve done your research, you can be more confident about what you’re asking and how you answer the questions. In addition, you’re more likely to be able to strike up a conversation and not use clichés,” says Daniel.
Additionally, research your interviewer. Ensure you know their name, position and work history by looking them up on LinkedIn.
Revisit the job description
Another interview tip is to revisit the job description before the interview. In doing so, you can refresh your mind on the key responsibilities of the role and values of the organisation. Then prepare answers on how you have demonstrated these skills/values in the past using the STAR method.
STAR stands for:
- Situation – provide a current challenging situation in which you demonstrated the questioned skill.
- Task – what was the task or goal outcome of the situation?
- Action – what actions did you take to resolve the situation?
- Result – what was the outcome?
By being prepared, you can demonstrate your transferable skills and how they apply to your new role.
Life is full of surprises, and you never know what will pop up on your way to an interview. To avoid being late over a delayed train or unexpected traffic, leave home with plenty of time to spare. Even if your interview is online, plan to log on 10 minutes before the interview to work through any technical difficulties you may have.
“Whether it’s online or in person, we can tell if you’re early. Being early shows you’re an organised and reliable person,” says Daniel.
When you’re waiting for the interviewers to greet you, try to look interested in being there and avoid using your phone.
Alternatively, if the interview is online ensure you take the time to blur your background or make sure that your environment is neat and tidy.
Dress to impress
Daniel suggests it’s safer to dress professionally for an interview in case the office is a formal environment. When you’re there, take note of the dress code for any future interviews.
Form a connection
Forming a connection with the interviewer is a great way to be recognised and remembered. Being authentic in your answers allows the interviewer to get to know you and your values and see if you’re a good fit for the team.
Find a balance between concisely answering the questions, but answering in full so the interviewer isn’t left wanting more information. Ask good questions and express your genuine interest in the interviewer and their organisation.
An interview is a two way street so always be prepared with questions to ask the employers at the end of the interview. This shows you are interested in the company, the culture and the development of your career within the organisation.
Some great questions can include:
- What does the training or onboarding process look like?
- What are the company plans for the next year?
- Are there opportunities for personal and professional development within this role?
- Ask the interviewer what they like best about the company
- How would someone in this role be successful?
Finally, if you are still interested in the role by the end of the interview, follow up with an email or phone call within the next 48 hours. Here you can thank the interviewer for their time and express why you are interested in the role.
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