There are three key things to remember when it comes to interviews:
Presentation - you never get a second chance to make first impression. First impressions last. The interviewer will expect to see your smartest, most professional side.
Punctuality - allow plenty of time. Be punctual. If you do find yourself unavoidably delayed, notify the company immediately, giving reason and your estimated time of arrival.
Conduct - be alert and enthusiastic on the first meeting and maintain a high level of eye contact. It is often the candidate who has shown the most interest that is successful.
If you have any reservations about the role/company, don’t show them. They may elaborate on details at a later stage that revive your interest, but by then your chance will have been lost.
Remember - you can always turn down second interviews and job offers if you are not interested in the role.
If the interviewer opens a discussion on salary, always indicate a range rather
SOME MORE HANDY INTERVIEW TIPS:
Ø Find out as much as possible about the company
through its website (corporate history, press releases, reports and reviews, it’s brands, products, offices and stores)
Ø Make sure you review your CV have positive answers if the interviewer wants more detail on the information you have supplied
Ø Be prepared to talk about problem solving such as which matters you performed well, specific strengths and skills and why you enjoyed various aspects of your previous positions
Ø Read the job description carefully think of ways in which your experience would benefit the company and where the challenges may lie for you
Ø Prepare your questions that you want answered and ask them at the end of the interview.
Ø Don’t worry about having interview nerves to some degree - it is only natural.
Ø Remember - preparation is the key to feeling comfortable in the interview environment.
TYPICAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
1. What is the most difficult situation you have had to face & how did you tackle it?
2. Give me an example of when your work was criticized. How did you react?
3. How do you motivate staff/those around you?
4. Which five adjectives best describe you?
5. How would a customer, a colleague and your manager describe you?
6. What is the most unusual thing you have ever done?
7. What, if anything, would you change about your career so far?
8. Which, if any, answers that you have given during this interview would you change?
9. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
10. What qualities do you look for in a manager?
11. Tell me about a time that you missed an obvious solution to a problem?
12. When have you had to go above and beyond the call of duty to get a job done?
13. What is your usual way of handling conflict? Give me an example.
14. What tricks or techniques have you learned to make your job easier or yourself more effective? How did you learn them?
15. Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventative measures.
16. What is the best idea that you’ve never applied? Why haven’t you done it?
17. Give a specific example of a policy you conformed to with which you did not agree.
18. Which adjective would you consider the worst thing to be described as?
19. Who have you learned most from?
20. Why should I consider you for the role over other applicants?