Interview Tips

Ten Tips on Preparing for an Interview

"Be prepared" answer.

Research the firm or organization for which you are being interviewed, and learn about the position for which you are applying. Use such outlets as the Internet, and talk to friends and relatives who may have connections with the organization. And don't be afraid to contact the company directly to get information. Be prepared at the interview to talk about the organization and why you want to work there.

Dress for the job.

Wear the most formal attire that you would likely need to wear in that position. Show the employer how you could represent their organization.

Be aware of your skills, abilities and experiences.

Be able to talk about how you could contribute to the organization. Show that you believe you can do the job by referring to your skills, abilities and experience.

Be ready to ask relevant questions.

The interview is not only for the employer. The interview is also for you to learn about the position and see if it really is for you. If you are properly prepared, you should generally know about the position and can ask questions relevant to you if your application is successful.

Take relevant material to the interview.

For example, copies of your resume, certificates, references or names and contact details of referees.

Don't be late for the interview.

Plan your time to arrive early and compose yourself before the interview.

Don't Panic.

An employer will not be trying to trip you up during the interview.

Don't lie about your skills and experience.

It is important to be truthful and positive about your skills, abilities and experience but do not make things up. Show the interviewer who you really are.

Don't post too much on Facebook and other social networking sites.

Employers now use social networking sites to gather information on prospective employees. Be careful what you post.

Don't be discouraged if you do not get the job.

Remember that there are probably many applicants and only one will get the job. Try to get feedback about why you did not get the position. Learn from the experience and aim to be better at the next interview.

Source: Career One, The Advertiser, December 2010.