If you follow the guidance here, and take the time to prepare properly. Interview questions give you the best opportunity to demonstrate your talents and skills and position your answers so that you are seen as the right person.
Listen carefully and you'll hear they are giving you a clear lead by telling you what's important to them.
In the interview, you have a relatively short time to create a memorable impression and demonstrate your skills and abilities to the decision-maker. If you've prepared your answers to the interview questions that are most likely to come up, you can be sure it will go well.
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To get yourself off to a really good start, think about the most important qualities that all employers want from their employees. When you are able to satisfy them on these points, the rest of the interview will go so much better, and the interview questions relating to technical skills will be less difficult.
Why do I say this?
Because when you satisfy these key qualities they see you as someone who will fit in and 'compatibility' is actually much more important than 'competence'.
So here are the 9 key qualities that most organisations are usually looking for and their interview questions will definitely cover these areas.
Remember, asking your own intelligent and considered interview questions is one of the surest ways of making a good impression.
If there's a panel asking a different range of interview questions, try to address your answers (or your questions) to the right person (don't ask the sales manager questions about the company's industrial relations policy).
If it's a first interview don't ask too many questions about pay and conditions. You will have an opportunity to discuss these points if you are offered the job.
The evening before the interview re-read your application form or letters relating to the interview; some people have been known to think they were somewhere else, being interviewed for something else!! (You wouldn't do that would you?)
The interview begins the moment you arrive. (In fact say the moment you arrive outside the building so make sure your car is clean if you drive to the interview they might be looking through the window!) So make sure you arrive on time.
First Impressions Count
If the second secret of success is to arrive on time, then the third is to dress suitably. This does not mean dressing up but you should dress smartly and conventionally. Think about the firm or organization that you are going to. Is it an old established firm that have very strict policies on dress and appearance or is it a trendy new company that prefers its employees to be up-to-date? Whatever you decide to wear ensure that you are neat and tidy and that you feel comfortable.
When I was coming to the end of a 2 year contract in 1994, I was keen to gain wider commercial exposure. This was a firm that had a solid reputation as part of an international firm; so I got hold of company newsletters and brochures just so I could see their 'team photo's'. I knew how best to dress to fit in after that! Dress for success and manage the visual impact
When you first arrive, the place will be making an impression on you.
While you are waiting to go into the interview, if you don't already know, try to find out the name of the interviewer from the receptionist. Don't worry if you find out that it's going to be a panel interview.
As you enter the room, try to create a favorable atmosphere with a warm greeting. Use a strong handshake and establish direct eye contact. Use the interviewer's name; be positive, interested, and confident (but never to the point of cockiness or abrasiveness).
Remember that you are there because the company is interested in you.
They are not trying to trick or embarrass you; they want you to be successful.
Also just think that you may be the last interviewee in a very long and tiring day, so make it easy for the interviewer; it's one way of making a good impression. So here is what should you look out for the do's and don't.