o Review the Job Specification and Position Description before going for the interview
o Learn more about the company by visiting their URL.
o Review your résumé and be prepared to discuss your relevant skills
o Anticipate questions you might be asked, then prepare answers to these questions;
o Bring extra copies of your résumé and a notebook.
o Dressing well can increase your confidence as well as boosting your professional image.
o Arrive on time or little early
o Ensure you portray a good body language(Handshake, Posture, Smile and Eye-Contact)
o Once you understand what the company is looking for and what the ideal candidate would look like, you can reframe your experiences to meet those expectations.
o Listen carefully to questions and answer them clearly and concisely.
o Use the STAR method to guide your answers. This simple formula ensures that you accurately describe your experiences and highlight the results they provided. The STAR method includes,
o S: The Situation – describe it
o T: The Task or problem – what dilemma or problem did you face?
o A: The Action – what action did you take?
o R: The Result – what was the result of your action
Convey interest in the organization and knowledge of the position
o Be yourself. Maintain an appropriate level of professionalism without being unapproachable.
o Portray that you are in for a career and not a job
o Be enthusiastic, confident, courteous, and honest
o Ask appropriate questions about the job or company for clarifications
o Don’t be afraid to say that you don’t know something.
o Don’t be hesitant to ask the interviewer to repeat any question if you don’t understand.
o Do not reveal your salary expectations on a phone interview.
o Always be ready to talk salary, but don’t be the first one to bring it up
o Know what you’re willing to accept before you walk in the door.
o End the interview with a firm handshake and thank the interview panel for their time and consideration
o Be diligent and keep checking in.