Interview Techniques To Increase Your Chances of Success

Author: Trish Springsteen

“Can you prepare for an interview?” The answer is a resounding “Yes, you can!” In fact if you don’t do some preparation the likelihood of you getting the position could be very slim.

So how do you go about giving yourself the edge in an interview? Well first find out something about the company/organisation that you want to work for. Do some research, look them up on the internet, read the annual report, if you know someone who works there ask some questions, if not call up and speak to their Human Resources department.

Make sure you have some knowledge of where the head office is, how many offices are there, what are the products or services offered by the company. Is the company big or small, new or well established? Interviewers are often amazed at how many applicants turn up for the interview with no idea about the company, not even some minimal knowledge. Why should you get the job if you don’t even have any interest in the company? So start right, give yourself the opportunity to shine through showing your professionalism in finding out about the company.

Now that you have done some preliminary work, let’s look at the actual interview. What questions will be asked and what answers will they be looking for?

They will certainly be looking at what you have done, your experience, knowledge and skills. This is a vital area where prior preparation is essential. Make sure you go over your resume and refresh yourself on dates (have a copy of your resume with you to check against if required). Look at the application form for the interview, at the selection criteria, at the questions asked or requested experience that was mentioned in the job advertisement. If they have asked about hobbies, interests or specific skills, then you can expect they will ask at the interview. Make sure you have your thoughts and answers clear in your mind. What areas of expertise, skill, and experience do you particularly want to highlight?

There are several potential questions that you can prepare for and you can be certain that at least one, if not many of these are generally asked at all interviews. For example:

- Why do you want this job?

- Why do you want to work with this Company?

- Where do you want to be in 5 years?

- What are your goals?

- What experience, training, qualifications and personal qualities are relevant to this job?

- What are your strengths? How do they qualify you for this job?

- What are your weaknesses? What have previous performance reviews highlighted? How can these be portrayed in a positive light?

In respect to your work experience you may be asked some of the following questions:

- What were you especially successful in?

- What problems occurred and how did you handle them?

- How did you get on with your colleagues?

- What does teamwork mean to you?

If you have listed activities or hobbies in your application be prepared for a general question based on what you have listed. For example: if you have listed reading as one of your interests you may be asked what book are you are currently reading – prepare ahead and know something about the book you have claimed to have read. The same goes for movies, TV programs or theatre.

Prior preparation for the interview will ensure that you present yourself as competent, coherent and clear. In today’s world competition for jobs is fierce – so why not ensure that you give yourself every opportunity to shine at the next interview.

Prepare, prepare, prepare!

About the Author:

Trish Springsteen is an award winning Communication Expert, Senior Trainer, Professional Speaker and Author. With over 10 years experience in Communication, Trish specialises in Personality Profiling, Leadership and Management, Team Building and Retention, Stress Management, Public Speaking and Interview Skills. Trish is the Co-founder of communication training company, Trischel

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