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The top 8 rules for nailing that interview

Interviews, just like public speaking, is regretfully the bane of our existence should we move from our current job in search for greener pastures. Whether you are a fresh graduate looking to land your first pay check or you are a seasoned professional, here are the top 8 rules to help you nail that interview.

Before the interview

Rule 1: Do your research. Find out all you can about the company you are interviewing at. There is no excuse not to research, not when Google and LinkedIn are all at your disposal. Find out if the company was in the news recently or won any award. You will come across in the interview as someone who has done their homework and is interested in what the company is doing.

Rule 2: Prepare, prepare and prepare some more! Preparation is key. Google up common interview questions, pen down some specific interview questions that may arise, familiarise yourself with them and rehearse your answer points. Don’t memorise, just familiarise.

Rule 3: Identify your interview location! You are doing yourself a favour by ensuring that you will turn up to the interview without having to rush. Take a drive around the block, find out where parking is available etc.

During the interview

Rule 4: Dress to impress, appropriately. For the ladies, invest in a nice dress suit, simple accessories and closed toed heels. For the men, invest in a suit, wear a tie and a pair of office shoes. Just a note to all, do not use the whole bottle of perfume/cologne. If in doubt, leave it out! Comb your hair and brush your teeth too. How you look will have an impact on how you feel about yourself. The better you feel, the better you will perform.

Rule 5: You are assessed from the time you step into the office and greet the receptionist until you leave. Make sure your first impression is not your last impression. Smile, relax, look people in the eye and shake hands like you mean it!

Rule 6: Take the water. If the receptionist offers you a glass of water, take it. This will be a prop that can help you buy time should you need to think during the interview for a difficult question. It does not hurt as well if you feel slightly anxious and require a sip of water to calm you down.

Rule 7: Ask intelligent questions. An interview is a two-way conversation. It may be the only chance you get to sell yourself as well as learn more about the workplace and see if the role and environment is a good fit for you. Some questions to ask may include:

  • What does a normal day at the office look like for someone in this position?
  • What are the biggest challenges someone in this position may face?
  • What is the culture like in the organisation?
  • What career path does someone in this position may work towards in the organisation?

After the interview

Rule 8: Always say thank you. Sending a thank you letter via email is fine but a handwritten note is strongly encouraged. This signifies that you are well-mannered and understands basic interview etiquette.

At Executive Recruiters, all our candidates are given proper guidance and coaching on how to impress the interviewers. If you would like to find out more, please feel free to contact any of our consultants at careers@executiverecruiters.co.nz.