Pete Wyatt Recruitment

Interview Guide

You must prepare for an interview!

The job interview is where you can assess a company and it is where you have to sell yourself and your skills. This requires the use of an effective job interview technique.

Below are some quick job interview tips that show you how to interview in an astute and effective manner.

Your objective in an Interview

The interview is your chance to communicate your ability and skills directly to the potential employer. An interview is an opportunity for both parties to get to know each other and to determine if there is potential for a match. Most people find interviewing a daunting prospect, however interviewing is a skill, anyone can learn to interview effectively. Remember: The key to a successful interview is preparation and careful listening.

Prior to Interview 

Learn pertinent facts about the company such as annual sales revenue, principal lines of business and locations. Know yourself and know your Curriculum Vitae and be able to easily provide examples of your selling points, skills, values, and strengths.

Dress in conservative business wear that suits the company interviewing you, usually this will be dark suit, polished shoes, smart shirt or blouse. Men, resist the temptation to wear a garish tie and ladies check the length of any skirt is not distracting. All clothes should be neat clean and pressed. Make sure your hair is tidy and avoid excessive jewellery, makeup, cologne or perfume. Remember: The aim is for the interviewer to focus on you and your skills not the clothes you wear.

During the Interview

During the interview, be aware of your body language i.e. use a firm handshake, sit up straight and maintain eye contact. Establish yourself as a self confident and assertive person without being confrontational, arrogant or aggressive. Remember to be yourself but to also present a professional, polished version of yourself.

Answer job interview questions directly and make sure that you answer the question asked, don't just give the answer you have already prepared. Be confident without being arrogant. At the same time, admit to your weaknesses if they are brought up, but do not bring them up. Instead, concentrate on your strengths. Demonstrate energy, determination, enthusiasm, motivation and passion for your work.

Prove that you are genuinely interested in the company by showing that you have researched the organisation. You should always ask the interviewer a few good questions.

Answering Interview Questions

Answer tough interview questions honestly and completely. Sell yourself on your true capabilities and qualifications without exaggerating your abilities nor dwelling on gaps in your abilities or weaker areas. If you are asked a technical question and you do not know the answer, do not bluff. If your bluff fails, your candidacy will be seriously threatened. Instead, say "I do not know the answer, but if I were to venture an educated guess I would say...". Remember: Never speak negatively about another person or company.

Asking questions

The questions that you ask are just as critical as the responses that you give. Asking thoughtful questions demonstrates your intelligence, common sense and your interest in the position to the employer. By posing good questions to an interviewer, you will gain additional useful information about the opportunity.

Concentrate on the broad view of the company and on specific details about the position at hand. Focus on four areas during your job interview: the company, the job opportunity, the interviewer and the way that you close the interview.

Closing Questions

At the end of an interview it is good to use some closing questions to gain some specific information about your performance during the interview and the next stages of the process.

·         What is the selection process i.e. a second interview, with whom etc.

·         How many other candidates are you interviewing

·         Do you think I am suitable for this position

              (Do not be phased if the interviewer avoids answering this question, it    does not mean that you have not been

              successful. Often an interviewer will have a number of people to see and only wants to comment after seeing them

              all)

·         When do you expect to make a decision

Irrespective of whether you want to pursue the opportunity, always thank the interviewer for their time and the opportunity to meet with them,  shake hands and conclude the meeting positively. Assuming you are interested make sure you communicate that clearly and directly.

Important Do's and Don'ts


Here are some of the most important ones.

DO

  • Dress and groom yourself with perfection (Appropriate business wear, make-up, deodorant).

  • Arrive early.

  • Greet the interviewer with a warm, confident "Hello" and a firm handshake.

  • Maintain eye contact and be aware of your body language.

  • Listen to the interviewer and show interest.

  • Relate your own skills and experience to the position.

  • Emphasise positive things about yourself.

    DO NOT

    • Arrive late.
    • Interrupt the interviewer
    • Answer with a simple "yes" or "no." Explain whenever possible. Describe those things about yourself that relate to the situation.
    • Speak negatively about a former employer or past co-workers.

    After the Interview

    After the interview, contact Pete Wyatt to advise them of your level of interest and how successful you feel the interview was.  The consultant will speak with the interviewer and their feedback will be passed onto you.

    Offer of Employment


    Assuming you are offered the position, Pete Wyatt will advise you and maintain close contact through your notice period.